The advance of the Assyrian army (El avance del ejército asirio)

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The advance of the Assyrian army (El avance del ejército asirio)
The Assyrian army led by Holofernes advances and conquers, and cities surrender along its way.

We can see the Assyrian army advancing from left to right; the same bearded character from before leads in front, with a sceptre in his hand, next to the one who could be Holofernes. Two figures kneel before them in submissive attitude, while a retinue – headed by women playing musical instruments – comes out of a walled city and carries what seem to be standards.

Judith 3, 1-5 recounts the surrender of the inhabitants of Ashdod and Ashkelon who, fearful of the Assyrian advance, ‘sent their emissaries from all of the cities’ with peace entreaties, and surrendered their goods and cities, telling Nebuchadnezzar, ‘Come to us as a peaceful lord, and use our service, just as it pleases you’.


Series The Book of Judith

Second tapestry in the series

Manufacture Netherlands, Brussels?, 2nd half of the 16th century

Fabric Wool

Location Church of Saint Nicholas of Bari (museum opened in 2009)

Origin Church of Saint Stephen



MAZ y JPM



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