The Continence of Scipio
Tapestry, wool and silk, The Continence of Scipio, Flemish, c. 1600-1625. Scipio sits in his tent on the left gesturing to a young maiden who stands to his left; she has been presented to him as a prize of war after his victory over Carthage. On discovering that the maiden was betrothed Scipio returned her to her fiancé, the bearded man kneeling in the centre. The surrounding figures beating golden vessels and other gifts are members of the captured girl’s family. The tapestry has borders with medallions at the centre of each side and putti at the upper corners holding ribbons from which garlands of fruit and leaves are suspended.
Date of entry 1980 - part of property when transferred to the National Trust
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