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The Story of Samuel

Date:
mid-17th century
Culture:
British
Medium:
Linen canvas worked with silk and metal thread, seed pearls; tent, couching, and straight stitch
Dimensions:
L. 14 3/4 x W. 22 1/2 inches (37.5 x 57.2 cm)
Classification:
Textiles-Embroidered
Credit Line:
Purchase, Mrs. Thomas J. Watson Gift, 1939
Accession Number:
39.13.5
Not on view
The central scene of this panel depicts Elkanah with his wives, Penninah and Hannah-the older of the two and mother to the prophet Samuel. The now faint inscription "XI" on the doorway lintel of the house in the background refers to Samuel 1:11 in which Hannah prays for a male child.
Percival D. Griffiths
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