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(The Finding of Moses)
(c. 1675)

Medium
silk (satin, thread), mica, seed pearls
Measurements
(24.8 × 41.6 cm)
Place/s of Execution
(England)
Accession Number
2013.79
Department
International Fashion and Textiles
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Gift from the Estate of Marion Fletcher, 2013
Gallery location
Not on display
About

It was common for young English girls to complete a picture panel as the final part of their embroidery education. This work illustrates the Old Testament story The finding of Moses, where the infant Moses is discovered by Pharoah’s daughter by the River Nile. However, the depictions of the dress of Pharaoh’s daughter and her attending ladies, as well as the stylised architecture in the background, do not echo ancient Egypt but rather the fashion of the Restoration period; a choice that makes the biblical tale contemporary with its English maker.

—text from Exquisite Threads (Apr 2015)