The subject of the embroidery is the story of David and Abigail from the Bible (1 Samuel 25). Abigail greets David with bread and wine to hopefully prevent him from taking revenge on her husband, Nabal, who has insulted David. Abigail succeeds in placating David, but when she tells her husband Nabal, he is struck dead. David then marries Abigail. In depiction of this story, the important attributes of Abigail are the ewer of wine and the distinctive loaves of bread, with a turban or coiled shape.


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Maker
English
Title
Needlework Picture with Raised-Work Embroidery
Date
mid- 17th–17th century
Medium
Silk thread, pigmented metal thread, metal sheet, glue, and ink on a silk satin ground
Dimensions
16 1/2 × 20 5/8 in. (41.9 × 52.4 cm)
Credit Line

The Bayou Bend Collection, gift of Miss Ima Hogg

Current Location
Not on view
Accession Number
B.53.8
Classification
Textiles
Provenance

[John Kenneth Byard (1905–1960), Silvermine, Norwalk, Connecticut]; purchased by Miss Ima Hogg, September 12, 1953; given to MFAH.