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This antique tapestry, possibly over 300 years old, is expertly and intricately woven and depicts a classic subject for artists: the story of Bacchus and Ariadne. The original versions of the story appeared in the works of Ovid and Catullus, who described Ariadne's abandonment at the hands of her lover Theseus on the island of Naxos. While she waits for Theseus to return, the god Bacchus arrives on the island and falls in love with her. One version then describes Bacchus throwing her crown into the air, at which point it becomes the Northern Crown constellation; in another version, Ariadne herself is turned into the constellation.
The tapestry depicts Bacchus arriving on Naxos on his chariot which is being drawn by two cheetahs. He is being followed by revellers. The tapestry is framed inside a golden pattern border and takes a rectangular shape.
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