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Fragment from valance

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Fragment, possibly from a balance, showing a heheading. Embroidered with polychrome crewels and silks in tent-stitch on a canvas ground. At right a crowd of figures is gathered around a platform to watch a soldier behead a bound figure. At left two harnessed horses can be seen but the vehicle...

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Bequest of Helen S. Coolidge

European, 17th century

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39 x 79 cm (15 3/8 x 31 1/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Linen canvas with silk and wool embroidery


Textiles and Fashion Arts