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In the family of MIddleton Brackett of Spital, Cheshire for generations
Gift of Mr. A. Middleton Beckett
Permanent collection rotation, 1987
From the Exotic to the Mystical: Textile Treasures from the Permanent Collection, deY, 5/4 - 8/4/2013
Central panel depicts four great empires (Assyria, Persia, Greece, Rome) each leader accompanied by a beast as described in the Old Testament (Daniel, Chapter 7). Inscriptions; 1) The Lion with eagles wings doth signify the Assyrian Monarch, the cheifest King thereof was Nimus (motto on his sword: Solus sum)
2) This bear wth three ribs in his mouth signifies the Persian Monarch, the cheifest Emperor thereof was Cirus (Daniel 7) - motto on his sword: Invictus.
3) This leopard with four heads signifies the Grecian Monarch, the cheifest Emperor thereof was Alexander, K. of Macedonia. Motto on his sword" Credo nulli.
4) This monster doth signify the Roman Monarch. The first cheifest Emperor thereof was Julius Caesar. Daniel 7:7 Motto on sword: Vini-vidi-vici. The coats of arms in the border have been identified as English noble houses of the time. Date and signature embroidered in lower left corner of main panel.