late 16th century
Compare another Old Testament tapestry , probably Brussels, sold Sotheby's, London, October 31, 2006, lot 161, with the identical border design to the present weaving, although lacking a weaver's mark. A further tapestry from the story of Moses, also lacking a mark, and with the same border which includes the additional narrow trailing border around the main border was sold at Sotheby's, Florence, December 4, 1990, lot 639, attributed to Enghien.
The remainder of the lower weaver's mark on the present tapestry is very close to the mark of Jan II Raes, born 1570 (see Delmarcel, Flemish Tapestry, Belgium, 1999, p. 368, fig. 41a). The Raes workshop was one of the most important Brussels manufactories from circa 1570 to 1650, and Jan II Raes was one of the eight top Brussels weavers in the early part of the century.
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