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The Hanging of Haman

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1650-1660 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    embroidered in silks on silk satin

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Joan Hurst through Art Fund

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Panel of white satin on which four sections have been drawn out and embroidered in coloured silks, intended to be cut out and used to decorate the sides of a casket.The largest scene shows the hanging of Hamam, from the Old Testament story of Esther and Ahasuerus. The other narrow sections are decorated with animals, birds (including kingfisher and parrot), insects and flowers. There are some trial stitches in an undrawn area outside the panels.
One of the caterpillars incorporates irridescent filaments (feathers or butterfly wings ?).
Some of the plants have raised details in wire, and a camel and leopard are raised with padding.

Place of Origin

England (made)


ca. 1650-1660 (made)



Materials and Techniques

embroidered in silks on silk satin


Height: 25 cm, Width: 31 cm

Descriptive line

uncut panels for a casket, with the hanging of Haman, English, ca. 1650-1660


Silk; Silk thread



Subjects depicted

Parrots; Fish; Camel; Caterpillars; Flowers; Soldiers; Gallows; Capital punishment; Butterflies; Kingfisher; Leopard; Ladybirds


Embroidery; Embroidery; Judaism; Biblical Imagery; Textiles; Containers; Woodwork; Household objects


Textiles and Fashion Collection

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