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Tapestry: The Destruction of the Egyptians in the Red Sea (from the series THE STORY OF MOSES)

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Woven of silk, wool, and gold. On the left, are the drowning Egyptians urged on by Pharoah; on the right, Moses surrounded by the Israelites. The mainfield is surrounded by a border of flowers and ribbons. The principal colors are green, blues, reds, and soft dull tans.


Previously in the collection of M. de Salverte; sold at auction, GGP, May 5-6, 1887, Lot 211. Collection Thomas R. Plummer, South Dartmouth, Massachusetts. Purchased from Thomas R. Plummer with the Otis Norcross Fund, January 8, 1895.

Credit Line

Otis Norcross Fund

Flemish, probably Brussels, First quarter of the 16th century A.D. 1500–25

Object Place

Probably Brussels, Flanders


414 x 580 cm (163 x 228 3/8 in.); Legacy dimension: 5.80 L. x 4.14 H. / 231" L. x 62" H.

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Medium or Technique

Warp: wool; wefts: wool, silk and silver yarn; tapestry


Textiles and Fashion Arts