This rich Aubusson tapestry from the late 17th century is made of hand-woven wool and silk. Notice how the threads, specifically the blue, green and gold colored ones, are still vibrant over 300 years later.
The scene depicted in this tapestry is that of the Greek goddess Eirene (also known as Pax to the Romans). Eirene, the goddess of peace, is considered a Horae. The Horae were a group of goddesses, children of Zeus and Themis, that represented the seasons; Eirene was the embodiment of spring.
Eirene who stood firmly against war, can be seen here sitting on a luxurious bench, tossing armaments into a fire. Among the items of war that can be seen are a breastplate, a shield and a dagger. The flames flicker high among the vegetation behind her. Although she was not often depicted in mythological artworks or writings, Eirene/Pax was worshipped by many, especially in large cities, like Athens and Rome. Typically when her image was used, Eirene would appear only on coins, so a tapestry with her likeness on it can be considered rare.
CONDITION: Good condition with minor wear commensurate to the age of the tapestry. Professional restorations over the years. Metal rings have been installed on the back side for hanging purposes, as well as a linen backing.
Antique Aubusson Tapestry from the Late 1600’s, Goddess Pax or Eirene
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