FOR nearly 30 years, Medieval Art Expert James J. Rorimer has been intrigued by the strange similarity of two superb 15th-century tapestries. In both of them, the same principal characters were prominently featured. Their borders were identical in design, and each had been restored along one side. But the two sections did not fit together, and Rorimer began to suspect that there was a missing middle section. Last year he found just what he was looking for in the Walters Art Gallery in Baltimore. Brought together, the three sections matched perfectly in design, color and thread count.

This week the reassembled tapestry...

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