Abigail Ardelle Zammit

Rodetes, Dama de Elche¹

Fortuna, Honors tapestry from the workshop of Pieter van Aelst (after Bernard van Orley)

[1] ‘Rodetes’ are the large, wheel-like coils worn on each side of The Lady of Elche’s face, a limestone bust discovered in 1897 at La Alcudia, Spain.


About the writer:
Abigail Ardelle Zammit is from Malta. She holds a PhD in Creative Writing (Lancaster). Her two poetry collections are Voices from the Land of Trees (Smokestack, 2007), and Portrait of a Woman with Sea Urchin (SPM, 2015), which won second prize in the Sentinel Poetry Book Competition.

Image: Fortuna, from a 9-piece set of the Honors tapestries (cropped image) woven in the workshop of Pieter van Aelst (circa 1450-1533). After Bernard van Orley (circa 1491/1492- 1541). Woven textile. 16.2 x 28.2 feet. Public domain.