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Embroidery: The Prodigal Son

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"The Prodigal Son"; worked with polychrome silk in tent stitch; in center, gentleman and two ladies seated at round table; upper right, leavetaking; upper left, return of Prodigal Son; animals and insects in interspaces; landscape background with several architectural arrangements.

Credit Line

By contribution from Mrs. John S. Ames

English, 17th century

Object Place



29.2 x 43.5 cm (11 1/2 x 17 1/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Linen or cotton, Silk; embroidery - Silk embroidery on linen or cotton ground


Textiles and Fashion Arts