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Hanging (Depicting the Story of Esther and King Ahasuerus) (Needlework)

A work made of linen, plain weave; embroidered with silk and wool in tent and cross stitch.
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  • A work made of linen, plain weave; embroidered with silk and wool in tent and cross stitch.

Date:

1575/1600

Artist:

France or England

About this artwork

This needlework hanging recounts two scenes from the Old Testament story of Esther and the Persian king Ahasuerus (also known as Xerxes). At the left, the seated Mordecai pleads with his cousin Esther, the Jewish queen, to intercede with the king to prevent the massacre of the Jews in the empire planned by the chief minister. At right, Esther swoons as Ahasuerus agrees to see her unannounced. In the end, the king heeded Esther’s plea, and the enemies of the Jews were killed instead. The deliverance of the Jews in ancient Persia is celebrated annually on the Jewish holiday of Purim.
-A Global View: Recent Acquisitions of Textiles, 2012-2016, April 8-September 5, 2016

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Title

Hanging (Depicting the Story of Esther and King Ahasuerus) (Needlework)

Origin

France

Date

Made 1575–1600

Medium

Linen, plain weave; embroidered with silk and wool in tent and cross stitch

Dimensions

185.4 × 297.18 cm (73 × 117 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Dr. Jonathan and Mrs. Alexandra Zizmor

Reference Number

2014.1389

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