Cadmus Slaying the Dragon
1500 - 1699
Wool warp, wool and silk weft.
1810 x 1620 mmOrder this image
Cliveden Estate, Buckinghamshire
Brussels tapestry - part only, showing Cadmus in red and gold armour, a skin draped around his shoulders and tied in front, as he hurls a rock at a lion coming from the right. At his feet a man crouches, holding his bleeding head in one hand, a fallen wine pot and sword sheath beside him. The iconography is in fact more likely to be Cadmus slaying the dragon that has killed his companions sent to fetch water. Designed 3rd quarter 16th century, woven 16th-17th. Information provided by Victoria and Albert Museum, 9.5.1986