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Panel with mythological scenes

Date:
ca. 1790
Culture:
French, probably Lyon
Medium:
Silk
Dimensions:
Overall: 87 x 36 in. (221 x 91.4 cm)
Classification:
Textiles-Woven
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1948
Accession Number:
48.79.1
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 553
The top vignette in this panel of furnishing silk shows the abduction of the Roman goddess of spring, Proserpine, by Pluto, ruler of the underworld; the bottom illustrates one of the labors of the Roman demigod Hercules- he is slaying the multi-headed Hydra, while the serpent tries to kill him with its poisonous breath. This design was also woven in pale blue.
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