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Christ Carrying the Cross tapestry
  • Germany or Switzerland
  • Christ Carrying the Cross tapestry, late 1500s
  • Where object was made: Germany or Switzerland
  • wool, weaving
  • Object Height/Width: 54 x 55.9 cm
    Object Height/Width: 21 1/4 x 22 in
    Frame Dimensions: 25 x 25 1/2 x 2 in
  • Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Franklin D. Murphy
  • Not on display
  • 1977.0009
Label Text

Tapestry depicting figures in a landscape (identified as one of the eight scenes from the Passion). There are three full length female figures in the bottom right, all seen in profile with coverings on their heads. There is a bearded man to their right who has a red sash that goes around his shoulder and the base of a cross, which he is helping to carry. To his right, a little further back is another bearded male. Right of center is a full length male figure (identified as Jesus Christ) carrying the cross with and wearing a brown robe. There is a smaller bearded male walking at lower right, with a male figure holding a stick about his head at center right. In the background is a city and architectural elements like an arched doorway, a window with two figures framed by columns, and bricks. In the foreground is foliage.