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The Versailles Sash. A sash cut from a length of bright yellow satin woven with a dark green stripe along each edge. The ends have been cut in a zig-zag. The sash is printed with a neoclassical scene in the centre and two smaller matching scenes at either end. The scenes are stipple engraved in green ink. The image in the centre is set in a spindle shaped frame. It depicts four nymphs dancing to the music of a piper, seated on a rock to the left, and of a cupid who stands on the rock playing a pipe and drum. The three nymphs to the left hold a garland while the third and fourth nymphs hold hands. On the right a girl hands over two sheep, whom she is leading by a garland, to the fourth nymph. The scenes at either end are enclosed in similar oval frames and depict Cupid disarmed by Euphrosyne.
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