It is thought this tapestry was made some time between 1575 and 1600. The tapestry depicts Judith holding the head of Holophernes, the commander of the Assyrian army. The story is taken from the Book of the Apocryhpa in the Bible.
It is said the Sheldons made tapestries in the St Stephens Gateway chapel of Bordesley Abbey after the Abbey was left to ruin following its closure in 1538.
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