The advance of the Assyrian army (El avance del ejército asirio)
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
Location Church of Saint Nicholas of Bari (museum opened in 2009)
Origin Church of Saint Stephen
MAZ y JPM