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16th CENTURY FLEMISH HISTORICAL TAPESTRY
Queen Thomiris receiving the messenger of Cyrus.
Flanders, probably Brussels, 3rd quarter of the 16th century, based on drawings by Maerten van Heemskerck (1498-1574).
Woven in wool and silk, with a later single brown border. Wear and old restorations especially in the clothes of the characters.
A patch to the top left hand side of the tapestry.
Lined with linen and a Chevalier label marked 2009 on the reverse.

In this tapestry a messenger from Cyrus the Great, founder of the Persian empire, delivers Cyrus' proposal of marriage to the queen and a proposition of peace. Tomyris rejects his offer, blaming him for the death of her son. Instead she vows to give Cyrus his fill of blood and goes on to defeat Cyrus's army, drenching the king's body in blood.

HEIGHT: 220 cm (7'3")
WIDTH: 213 cm (7')

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