Procession of the Fat Ox from a Teniers Series

A work made of wool and silk, slit and double interlocking tapestry weave.
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  • A work made of wool and silk, slit and double interlocking tapestry weave.

Date:

c. 1725

Artist:

After a design by Jan van Orley (Flemish, 1665–1735)
Woven at the workshop of Daniel IV Leyniers (Flemish, 1705–1770)
Flanders, Brussels

About this artwork

This tapestry depicts peasants and townspeople leading an ox to be butchered for a feast in celebration of Shrove Tuesday (also known as Fat Tuesday), the last day before the start of Lent. A barmaid distributes refreshments outside a tavern named the Sign of the Cross, musicians lead the procession, and people skate and sled on the frozen ice, giving the scene a general atmosphere of revelry and mirth. Genre scenes of rural life were a popular theme for tapestries in 18th-century Europe, emphasizing the rustic charm of country living.

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Artist

Workshop of Daniel IV Leyniers

Title

Procession of the Fat Ox from a Teniers Series

Origin

Brussels

Date

1715–1735

Medium

Wool and silk, slit and double interlocking tapestry weave

Dimensions

388.94 × 336.55 cm (153 1/8 × 132 1/2 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Charles Zadok

Reference Number

1950.1637

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