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The Winged Stags tapestry

A symbolic tapestry


The Winged Stags tapestry is an exceptional example of the art of tapestry which blossomed in the late Middle Ages (second half of the 14th century - 15th century). These thick hangings warmed the walls and furniture of wealthy homes. They featured a great variety of scenes, including religious episodes, battle scenes, love scenes, etc.
This large wool and silk tapestry, preserved in the Departmental Museum of Antiquities in Rouen, is 3.47 m high and 3.80 m wide. It features a symbolic representation of the victories of the king of France Charles VII (1422-1461) at the end of the Hundred Years’ War (in 1450 and 1453), which led to the reconquest of the provinces of Normandy and Guyenne, occupied by the English.

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