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Royal Collection © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II
One panel from a series of Brussels tapestries depicting the Four Continents, illustrating Asia and the annual pilgrimage to Mecca of the camel, chosen for the honour of carrying the Kiswa, the black brocade covering for the Ka’aba, the sacred building at the centre of Mecca. This new cover was sent each year from Egypt and the camel that carried it was pensioned off for the rest of his life. Woven in the workshop of the Van der Borght family, which flourished from before 1676 until 1794. One of two panels from this series in the Royal Collection.