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A well-dressed man and woman make music in a fanciful setting of a noble residence with a formal garden. Servants attend them, and animals including a pet monkey and a peacock are also prominent, evoking the wealth and taste for luxury of the group. The harmony of music can symbolize love and fidelity but the sounds and pleasures of music fade, as do fruit and flowers. The embroidery, which may be Spanish, once had a decorative border that probably included the client's coat of arms. Music was an important part of social life. Tapestry of a musical party, probably made in Spain, c1650

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A well-dressed man and woman make music in a fanciful setting of a noble residence with a formal garden.  Servants attend them, and animals including a pet monkey and a peacock are also prominent, evoking the wealth and taste for luxury of the group.  The harmony of music can symbolize love and fidelity but the sounds and pleasures of music fade, as do fruit and flowers.  The embroidery, which may be Spanish, once had a decorative border that probably included the client's coat of arms.  Music was an important part of social life. Tapestry of a musical party, probably made in Spain, c1650