Rebecca offers water to Eliezer
A sign from God
Eliezer had asked God to send him a sign to help him find a future wife for Isaac: the predestined girl would be the one who, when asked by Eliezer for water from her jar, would also offer to quench his camels’ thirst. When the encounter with Rebecca provided this sign, Eliezer gave her a ring and two golden bracelets and proposed that she ask her father for lodging, so that Eliezer could stay the night to arrange the marriage. Rebecca went running to the house to explain everything (Genesis 24, 11-28). The story ends happily, although the tapestry does not depict the next part: Eliezer arranges a deal for the young girl and her family and returns with Rebecca to the house of Isaac, where the latter takes her as a wife (Genesis 24. 28-67).
Presents in exchange for a jar of water
In the tapestry we can see the arrival of Eliezer’sretinue in the background and on the left-hand side, linking the scene to the previous tapestry. The central area is taken up with the two imposing figures of Eliezer and Rebecca, in the foreground, dressed in Roman style. The young girl offers a jar of water to the servant as he in turn offers presents, unloaded by the helpers, on behalf of Abraham.
Rebecca returns home
In the centre of the dip in the landscape, we see the last stage of the episode: Rebecca with her jar on her head, running home to explain the encounter with Eliezer to her mother.
This tapestry has a border identical to the others in the series, with the exception of the asymmetric placement of the Gate of Paradise, in the upper part of the border. The gate, however, is placed centrally above the two principal figures, Rebecca and Eliezer. Another tapestry, identical except for the border, was <a name="_GoBack"></a>known to be in Barcelona in 1934 in the former collection of María Esclasans.
Series Story of Abraham
Manufacture Philippe van der Cammen, 1560-1570. Enghein workshop
Composition Silk and wool
Size 337.5 x 264 cm
Location Diocesan and Comarcal Museum of Lleida
Origin La Seu Vella, Lleida
On display Museum of Lleida, Renaissance Room (church)
Inventory number 1871