the main field of the tapestry is divided into two horizontal compositions by an inscription on a horizontal center band that reads DA FE MOMRVERVARE V SE FEM V ARTE DAARL. F'S. ANNOAM 63/1; warp undyed bast figer, 4-4½ ends per cm. weft dyed wool, 18-34 ends per cm.
Former Classification: Textiles - Tapestry

The Wise and Foolish Virgins, 17th century

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Large tapestries depicting biblical scenes were popular in rural Norway in the 1600s and 1700s. Draped over a bed, they provided warmth, decoration, and moral instruction. This tapestry illustrates the parable of the wise and foolish maidens, as recounted in the gospel of Matthew in the Christian Bible. The figures at the top represent the wise maidens, whose oil-filled lamps light the path, guiding the bridegroom to the wedding feast. In the lower register, the foolish maidens with their empty lamps weep into their handkerchiefs upon learning that they have been excluded from the celebration.

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Title
The Wise and Foolish Virgins
Role
Artist
Accession Number
43.18
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the main field of the tapestry is divided into two horizontal compositions by an inscription on a horizontal center band that reads DA FE MOMRVERVARE V SE FEM V ARTE DAARL. F'S. ANNOAM 63/1; warp undyed bast figer, 4-4½ ends per cm. weft dyed wool, 18-34 ends per cm.
Former Classification: Textiles - Tapestry