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17th Century Flemish Tapestry Depicting Athena/Minerva a Greek Sun Goddess
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  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. Backed with golden brown short pile colored silk velvet and edged in an 18th
century metallic tape with silk ground, 100% down insert.

Condition: Many ancient restorations expected on something over 300 years old.

Athena was also known as being the Roman Goddess Minerva, Goddess of War. We also offer for your
collecting pleasure a beautiful tapestry of Minerva on a stretcher frame located at item: TX34

Size: 20" x 23"                     Price: $1675.00                     Item: #PL04S11
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