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Cabinet with scenes from the Life of Joseph

Date:
third quarter 17th century
Culture:
British
Medium:
Linen worked with silk thread; laid work, split, knot, satin and sheaf stitches; metal thread trim; wood frame; silk lining; turned wood feet
Dimensions:
Overall: 13 3/4 × 11 1/2 × 8 in. (34.9 × 29.2 × 20.3 cm)
Classification:
Textiles-Embroidered
Credit Line:
Purchase, Anonymous Gift, 1939
Accession Number:
39.13.3a–k
Not on view
During the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, illustrations of biblical stories served as didactic examples of moral behavior. The life of Joseph might represent love of the family while individual episodes could be interpreted differently. The rejection of Potiphar’s wife (on the back), for instance, may signify chastity, an important female virtue.
Inscription: Inscribed on print of landscape: Nicol
D. M. Wren ; Percival D. Griffiths
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