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National Heritage – Tapestries – The Wedding of Odotano and Zenobia Spanish stamp

National Heritage – Tapestries – The Wedding of Odotano and Zenobia Spanish stamp
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The tapestry Wedding of Odotano and Zenobia depicted in this souvenir sheet by Correos is part of the work pieces belonging to the National Heritage Organism who is responsible for the custody, management and administration of state-owned assets leased by the Crown.

The tapestry of the Wedding of Odotano and Zenobia was made in Brussels in silk and wool around 1660 in the workshop of Gerard Peemans. These 3rd century characters are represented holding hands in the centre of the tapestry. Odonato was king of Palmyra in what is now Syria. He took a second wife, Zenobia, who murdered him, seized power and founded the empire of Palmyra.

The tapestry is decorated with garlands of flowers and fruits that are interwoven with figures of cherubs. The upper border bears the inscription: Nubit odonate / Regina Zenobia / Mater Afirmatis / Foedus Iungit Utrique Manum. The lower trimming is decorated with garlands, birds and coral branches. The left hand side features a priest offering a sacrifice and, to the right, a group of young women bearing the horn of abundance. Brussels tapestries began to be signed from 1528 to prevent counterfeit.

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