Tapestry weave: silk and wool
Overall: 411 x 464.5 cm (161 13/16 x 182 7/8 in.)
Gift of Mrs. Francis F. Prentiss, in memory of Dr. Dudley P. Allen 1915.79.3
This tapestry is one from a series of eight that depicts the tragic love story of Dido and Aeneas. They were gifted to the museum for display in the armor court.
Dido loves Aeneas and offers a sacrifice to the gods, specifically Juno, the goddess of marriage, to keep him in Carthage. Priests prepare to cut open the newly slaughtered heifer and read the future in its entrails.
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