Tapestry: Abraham's Sacrifice of Isaac (probably from a series of tapestries, subject unknown)

about 1600

Object Place: Possibly Wolfenbüttel, Germany


Other: 186.5cm (73 7/16in.) Overall: 253.4 x 188 cm (99 3/4 x 74 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Tapestry weave (wool warp; wool and silk wefts)

Not On View


Textiles and Fashion Arts



This tapestry illustrates the biblical episode from Genesis XXII:3-13. the action of which takes place in an open landscape. Biblical scene as above occupies central area. Wide border containing eight allegorical figures of Virtues (Prudencia, Fides, etc.). Narrow outer border showing intertwined, spiral ribbons. Made in three pieces; joined where upper and lower borders meet field. Colors well preserved. A number of darning repairs. Original selvedges lost, replaced by modern textured bands.


Possibly from a private collection, Scotland. 1935, Liberty Limited, London; 1935, sold by Liberty Ltd. to Dr. and Mrs. Alfred M. Tozzer, Cambridge, MA; 1964, gift of Mrs. Tozzer to the MFA. (Accession Date: January 8, 1964)

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. Alfred M. Tozzer