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Tapestry: L'Empereur en voyage, from L'Histoire de l'empereur de la Chine Series
Beauvais, France (Place created)
about 1690 - 1705
Wool and silk
254 x 415.3 cm (100 x 163 1/2 in.)
In a tapestry from the set known as The Story of the Emperor of China series, four attendants carry the Emperor in a palanquin. Two guards on horseback follow the procession, one wearing a sword and bearing the imperial banner and the other carrying a quiver of arrows over his shoulder. The path in front is strewn with cut flowers, apparently from baskets like the one that remains in the center bottom, resting on the border. Birds fill the air above and the palace is visible in the distance.