This tapestry was woven as part of a popular series of 8 or 9 subjects illustrating scenes from Ovid's Metamorphoses
. A larger example of this subject, also from the Beauvais manufactory, is in the Metropolitan Museum of Art (see Standen, no. 67). Incorporating the same border design, the inner panel of the Met weaving depicts the story of Orithyia (daughter of Erechtheus, King of Athens) who was beloved by Boreas (the North Wind). When the king refused to accept Boreas as his daughter's admirer, Boreas carried her off to Thrace and married her. The present tapestry includes a portion of the right hand side of the design with a girl hiding beneath a piece of drapery and with Mercury hiding in the bushes.
E. Standen, European Post-Medieval and Related Hangings in the Museum of Modern Art, New York, 1985, no. 67, pp. 469-472.