‘’Hommage à un Consul Romain”
Brussels, 17th Century
Composition: wool & silk
Dimensions: 260 x 380 cm
Condition: perfect condition with beautiful bright colors.
This beautiful tapestry displays the magnificence of the funeral tribute to a Roman consul. This is probably the Consul Decius Mus*.
Decius Mus, with another consul, leads a difficult war against the rebels Samnites. Following a dream and consultation of oracles, the consul knows that victory will be at the cost of his death.
The day of the battle, he joins the fray with great courage. After his death, luck changes for the Romans who win the battle.
Tribute funeral is a celebration of victory. The scene takes place in a clearing with tall trees and a snowy mountain at the background. To the right of the composition, the high priest prepares a fire in front of the statue of Jupiter; to the left a man wears the insignia of the consul. Many characters animate the composition. Consul is seen on a bed of pageantry.
Decius Mus, son of Quintus, of the plebeian gens Decia, was a Roman consul in 340 BC. He is noted particularly for sacrificing himself in battle through the ritual of devotio, as recorded by the Augustan historian Livy.