Woodcutters Working at a Deer Park (from the Hunting Parks Tapestries)

South Netherlandish

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 305

In this tapestry, one from a set of four, woodsmen work in and around a hunting park filled with deer. Inside the enclosure, one woodsman stands upon a tree trunk, splitting it with a wedge and mallet. Deer nestle nearby, oblivious to his presence. Outside, near the gate, another woodsman prunes a branch while three noble figures hover nearby. The fine garments and jeweled accessories of the nobles distinguish them from the workers. The couple on the left gesture as if in conversation, their relaxed stroll another indication of their status. Produced for aristocratic homes, such tapestries depict a world of privilege.

Woodcutters Working at a Deer Park (from the Hunting Parks Tapestries), Wool and silk thread, South Netherlandish

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