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The Stair Hall was one of the first spaces to be decorated by Doris Duke when she began to re-establish a residency here in 1957. She purchased the set of four Flemish tapestries with scenes from the exploits of Roman general Scipio Africanus in 1958 in New York.
Series of Scipio tapestries
Roman general Scipio Africanus (larger figure in gold armor at the left) was a favorite example of mercy in warfare in Renaissance and Baroque art. During the siege of New Carthage, Scipio returned a beautiful female prisoner (possibly the figure seated at right) to her fiance. For this generous act he received a ransom (the gold vessels and armor shown here at the left), which he returned to the couple as a wedding present. In return, the families of the couple pledged their allegiance to Rome. There are three other tapestries in the Stair Hall from this set, which Doris Duke bought in 1958 for Rough Point.