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Susannah and the Elders needlework from Huber

Susannah and the Elders needlework from Huber

Susannah and the Elders

Antique mid-seventeenth century needlework picture depicting the old testament story (Daniel, chapter 13) of Susannah and the elders.

The biblical story of Susannah and the elders tells of a young married Jewish woman living in Babylon about 600 BCE. When Susannah the wife of Joachim was bathing in her garden, she sent her two maids into the house to fetch oil and perfumes for her bath. Two elders of the community were spying on her and conspiring to force her to sexually submit to them. They threaten her with allegations of adultery with another man, a capital crime for women if she refused them, Susannah refused, preferring the fate of death to the sin. She was then falsely accused by the elders and condemned to death. Susannah was eventually vindicated when the elders being separately interrogated by her lawyer Daniel each named a different kind of tree under which Susannah committed adultery. Consequently the two elders were executed for the crime of false witness.

Silk thread on silk; 15 3/4" x 20 1/2" sight.


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