Tapestry: The Destruction of the Egyptians in the Red Sea (from the series THE STORY OF MOSES)

Flemish, probably Brussels
First quarter of the 16th century A.D. 1500–25

Object Place: Probably Brussels, Flanders


414 x 580 cm (163 x 228 3/8 in.); Legacy dimension: 5.80 L. x 4.14 H. / 231" L. x 62" H.

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Medium or Technique

Warp: wool; wefts: wool, silk and silver yarn; tapestry

Not On View


Europe, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Woven of silk, wool, and gold. On the left, are the drowning Egyptians urged on by Pharoah; on the right, Moses surrounded by the Israelites. The mainfield is surrounded by a border of flowers and ribbons. The principal colors are green, blues, reds, and soft dull tans.


Previously in the collection of M. de Salverte; sold at auction, GGP, May 5-6, 1887, Lot 211. Collection Thomas R. Plummer, South Dartmouth, Massachusetts. Purchased from Thomas R. Plummer with the Otis Norcross Fund, January 8, 1895.

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Otis Norcross Fund