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Scenes from the Book of Genesis (part of a valance)

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Eight scenes from the Book of Genesis are shown in simple landscape or interior settings arranged in a horizontal row. A repeating unit, consisting of a tree rising from behind a single large beast, separates one scene from the next. The details of tree and beast vary from one unit to another;...

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1913, Martin van Straaten, London; January 1, 1913, sold by van Straaten to French and Company, New York (stock no. 5402); 1964, sold by French and Co. to the MFA. (Accession Date: November 14, 1962)

Credit Line

Charles Potter Kling Fund

Northern German or Denish, Late 16th or first half of 17th century

Object Place

Northern Germany or Denmark


64.13 x 505.46 cm (25 1/4 x 199 in.); Legacy dimension: 2 ft. 3/4 in. x 16 ft. 9 1/8 in. (0.63 x 5.11 m)

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Medium or Technique

Warp: wool Wefts: wool, silk and metal yarns; tapestry weave


Textiles and Fashion Arts