Flemish 17th Century Tapestry Pillow Depicting Athena or Minerva a Greek Sun Goddess
A 17th century Flemish tapestry fragment woven in silk and wool threads depicting Athena, a Greek sun goddess, holding a bronze mirror and intertwined serpents under a canopy. In mythology Athena’ scared mirror represents a shield and her snakes represent the Sun’ rays. The Greeks maintain that Athena invented weaving and was the very spirit of the craft. The snakes coiled bodies suggest the coiled thread Athena used while weaving. Athena was also known as being the Roman Goddess Minerva, Goddess of War. Backed with golden brown short pile colored silk velvet and edged in an 18th century metallic tape with silk ground, 100% down insert.
WIDTH: 23 in | HEIGHT: 20 in
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CONDITION: Ancient restorations consistent on something over 300 years old