Sometimes you see a piece of embroidery from the 17th century casket/mirror/picture genre and you wonder what the story is. There are so few story lines that have been used that you get really used to seeing them and knowing which one a panel is from. So this one is interesting because it isn't immediately apparent. And I know from experience to take the auction listing with a grain of salt until I verify from another source that it makes sense.
So that is the mystery of the day - what biblical story or allegorical is this from?
It is listed as a picture of Moses with followers. But which story - usually there is something in the picture to clue us in. I wouldn't exactly call the grotto the Red Sea. And two of the figures are in military garb with darker faces and hands. But the 'moses' character also has darker hands/face and the non-military gents have dark hands and light faces. Hmmm. It is the missing panels that would seal the deal, reasonably sure this is a side of a casket.