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The Rape of Prosperina

  • Object:

    Tapestry

  • Place of origin:

    Flanders (made)

  • Date:

    1550-1650 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Wool woven on flax

  • Museum number:

    2029-1899

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Tapestry woven in coloured worsteds on flax warps. A woodland scene beyond an arcade. On the right Pluto is carrying away Prosperina in his car toward the underworld; to the left are the attendant maidens of Prosperina in grief at her loss. A griffin, a unicorn, and various animals and birds are scattered about the landscape. Below are youths and maidens at play beneath a series of four arches.

Place of Origin

Flanders (made)

Date

1550-1650 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Wool woven on flax

Dimensions

Weight: 41.5 kg, Height: 266.7 cm, Width: 533.4 cm, Width: 5308 mm Top edge, Width: 5325 mm Bottom edge, Length: 2672 mm Proper right, Length: 2611 mm Proper left

Object history note

Purchased from Messrs. Amédée Joubert & Son, 152 King's Road, Chelsea

Descriptive line

Rape of Proserpina, Flemish, 1550-1650

Materials

Wool; Flax

Techniques

Weaving

Subjects depicted

Grief; Trees; Children; Women; Play; Unicorns; Chariots; Griffins; Arcading; Rape; Abduction

Categories

Tapestry; Textiles; Interiors; Myths & Legends; Wall coverings

Production Type

Unique

Collection

Textiles and Fashion Collection

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