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Tapestry: Scipio Upbraiding Masinissa (from the series The Story of Scipio Africanus)

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The subject of this tapestry derives from various accounts of the deeds of Publius Cornelius Scipio, called Africanus, during the Second Punic War (218-201BC). The scene depicts an episode which took place after the battle scene shifted to Africa. Two local kings, Masinissa and Syphax, had taken...

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Inscription

The Brussels mark woven into the left end of the lower outer guard.

Provenance

Purchased in Spain by Arthur Astor Carey between 1884 and 1887. Purchased from Arthur Astor Carey, Boston, with the Richard Black Sewall Fund, February 27, 1919.

Credit Line

Richard Black Sewall, Fund

Flemish, Second half of the 16th century or first quarter of the 17th century

Object Place

Brussels, Flanders

Dimensions

342.26 x 255.04 cm (134 3/4 x 100 7/16 in.)

Accession Number

19.59

Medium or Technique

Tapestry weave (wool warp; wool and silk wefts)

Collections

Textiles and Fashion Arts

Classifications

Textiles