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Tapestry: The Just Verdict of Trajan

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This tapestry depicts scenes from a medieval legend of the Roman Emperor, Trajan. The emperor had decreed that any convicted murderer must suffer the same fate as his victim. Trajan would not deviate from this ruling even when his own son was found guilty of drowning a playmate by accidentally...

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Collection Lord Sackville, Knole, Kent. Collection J. Pierpont Morgan. Collection French and Company, New York. Collection George R. White, Boston. Collection Mrs. Harriet J. Bradbury, Boston. Bequest of Mrs. Harriet J. Bradbury, July 3, 1930.

Credit Line

Bequest of Mrs. Harriet J. Bradbury

Flemish, 1500–25

Object Place

Brussels, Flanders


327 x 359 cm (128 3/4 x 141 5/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Wool warp; wool, silk, and gilt-silver wefts; tapestry weave


Textiles and Fashion Arts