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Tapestry: Alexander Refusing Water (from the series The Story of Alexander)

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The incident shown in this tapestry is described in more or less the same details by Plutarch in his account of the life of Alexander the Great. King Alexander, seeing his troops suffering from thirst, refuses to take water. The action takes place in military encampement. Two men in armor...

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Inscription

See Description. A Brussels mark appears in the left end of the lower outer guard

Provenance

By 1913, George von Lengerke Meyer (b. 1858 - d. 1918), Boston; by descent to his widow, Marian Alice Appleton Meyer (b. 1862), Boston; by descent to their children, George von Lengerke Meyer, Jr., Alice Meyer (Mrs. Phillip) Coffin, and Julia Meyer Brambilla, Boston; 1953, gift of Mrs. Phillip A. Coffin, Julia Meyer Brambilla, Mrs. E. Calvert Cheston, and Charles A. Meyer to the MFA. (Accession Date: November 12, 1953)

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. Philip Coffin (Alice Meyer Coffin), Mme Brambilla (Julia Meyer Brambilla), Mrs. E. Calvert Cheston (Nancy M. Cheston) and Mr. Charles A. Meyer

Flemish (Brussels), Second half of 16th century or first half of the 17th century

Object Place

Brussels, Flanders

Dimensions

355 x 318 cm (139 3/4 x 125 3/16 in.)

Accession Number

53.2530

Medium or Technique

Tapestry weave (wool warp, wool and silk wefts)

Collections

Textiles and Fashion Arts

Classifications

Textiles