The scene represents Cyrus, King of Persia seated on his throne on the right, issuing an edict, held by a character beside him, which proclaims the rebuilding of the temple of Jerusalem for the Israelites, whom Cyrus has freed fro the rules of the Babylonians. In the centre are the Persian guards who are returning the precious vessels and money that the Babylonians had stolen when they destroyed the first Temple, and on the left are the returning Israelites who praise and thank Cyrus. It bears the monogram of its weaver and the official mark of the Brussels Brabant workshop in the lower selvage. Originally in the collections of the National Gallery of Victoria.
Height 270 cm Length 450 cm