Winter - Tapestry pattern dated from 1587

small version of Winter

The pattern book (published in 1587) describes this figure as representing winter.

Since the other seasons are deities, perhaps this one is as well. It could be Saturn, the god of time. The Romans had a mid-winter festival in honour of Saturn, called the Saturnalia, so he would be a good representation of winter. He is warming his hands and feet by a fire.

The original is black and white. Here is a possible coloured version. I am not quite sure what is happening in the bottom right-hand corner. Perhaps it is a container of wood for the fire. But I must admit that my coloured version makes it look as if the man is sitting in it!

coloured version of Winter

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Winter tapestry pattern