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Hector of Troy (from the Heroes Tapestries) RE240592

Hector of Troy (from the Heroes Tapestries) RE240592

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In the hallowed halls of The Met Cloisters, a tapestry unfolds, revealing the valor and legend of a hero from a bygone era. Crafted in the South Netherlandish tradition around 1400–1410, this masterpiece invites visitors to immerse themselves in the tapestry of history.

At the heart of the composition, a figure sits upon a majestic throne, bearing a sword of authority in his right hand. Before him, a shield emblazoned with a lion, regal and fierce, stands as a symbol of strength and sovereignty. Above, the pointed gables reveal the faces of two more lions, guardians of the hero's realm.

Originally believed to depict the illustrious Alexander the Great, recent scholarship suggests a different identity may lie within the threads. Through meticulous analysis, scholars propose that this enigmatic figure is none other than Hector of Troy, a legendary hero whose deeds echoed through the annals of time.

Intriguingly, the lion motif adorning the shield bears striking resemblance to Hector's coat of arms, as depicted in other artworks of the era. While the conflation of Hector's arms with those of Alexander the Great led to centuries of confusion, modern consensus leans towards the identification of Hector as the central figure in this tapestry.

Yet, as with all historical mysteries, a veil of uncertainty remains. Despite the scholarly debate surrounding its identity, the tapestry of Hector or Alexander continues to captivate audiences with its timeless allure and rich symbolism.

As visitors stand in awe before this ancient relic, they are transported to a world where heroes and legends intertwine, where the echoes of the past resonate with the present. In the tapestry's intricate weave, the spirit of Hector or Alexander lives on, a testament to the enduring power of myth and memory.

Hector of Troy (from the Heroes Tapestries) RE240592

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