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David and Goliath

17th-century Flemish oak carving of David and Goliath, in original frame with egg and dart motif; the lefthand upright is replaced.  The keyhole at centre top shows that it was probably originally a box front.  The subject is unusual in woodcarving.

David, fighting for the Israelites, and Goliath, for the Philistines, confront each other here in a field with a house and tents behind them.  Goliath, a giant at over 8 feet tall, wears armour but his shield and spear have fallen to the ground.  David has a bag hanging at his side containing stones, one of which he has slung at his opponent's head.  He has taken Goliath's sword and is about to decapitate him.