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Orpheus in the Wilderness tapestry
  • Belgium
  • Orpheus in the Wilderness tapestry, 1600s
  • Where object was made: Brussels, Brabant (present-day Belgium)
  • wool, silk, weaving
  • Object Height/Width: 287 x 287 cm
    Object Height/Width: 113 x 113 in
  • Gift in memory of Mrs. E. Shields by Richard T. Shields and Caroline Shields Walker
  • Not on display
  • 1958.0114
Label Text

Tapestry with a figure (identified as Orpheus) in a landscape. There is a full length male figure seated in to bottom right quadrant. He is holding a lyre and looking to the left. He is wearing a tunic with a cloak and sandals which come halfway to his knee. There is a wreath of leaves on his head and he has curly blond hair. There are two large trees in the left foreground and two at center right. To the right of the figure in the background is a house and foliage. The horizon line is halfway down. There is a foliate border on all four sides.