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Superb C17th Flemish Tapestry Representing Ulysses and Diomedes Taking Possession of the Statuette of Pallas

A superb 17th century Flemish tapestry in wool and silk probably from the Wauters manufacture, recognisable and characterised by the relative quality of the author of the cartoons of this workshop, representing Ulysses and Diomedes taking possession of the statuette of Pallas. A rich border typical of the tapestries of the city of Antwerp with opulent vases and flowery garlands as well as architectural medallions decorated with green subjects.
Athena having accidentally killed her playmate Pallas, she created a statuette in her image, the Palladium, which she placed next to Zeus. One day, Electra, trying to escape Zeus, takes refuge behind the statue. Furious, Zeus throws the effigy from the sky. Fallen on the ground, Ilos finds it while digging near his camp and gives it to Dardanus, the first king of the city of Troy, so that he can found a temple, the Palladium, in his honour in this city. This statuette confers then the impregnability to the city which shelters it. According to Greek tradition, the statuette is stolen by Odysseus and Diomedes to ensure the outcome of the war. According to Roman tradition, the statue was taken by Aeneas to Italy and later placed in the temple of Vesta in Rome.
In the past, the term “palladium” was sometimes used to refer to an element whose preservation is of primary importance, but this usage is now uncommon, the term being used primarily to refer to the corresponding chemical element.
However, the term “palladium” is still used to refer to a symbolic object, usually a sacred statue, which is the mystical national emblem of a country, such as the Emerald Buddha for Thailand. Maintenance repairs. B

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Antwerp 17th century


Height: 265cm (104.3 inches)
Width: 380cm (149.6 inches)

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