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Oak roundel, part of a series of carvings made to decorate the ceiling of the King's Presence Chamber at Stirling Castle, c.1540. Carved with the profile of a warrior wearing a fanciful helmet, this is thought to represent one of the Nine Worthies, biblical, classical and historical figures associated with attributes chivalry. It is likely that the carvers took their inspiration from similar characters found in late 15th century prints. The Stirling Heads are constructed of three panels, originally only secured by glue. The great majority of the Heads, however, are in part constructed in 2-ply, an additional board or block having been placed over the middle board to enable the carver to model the central portion of the medallion in high relief. Nail holes are apparent in the borders which indicate the way in which the medallions were fixed to the ceiling.
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Date Made
Circa 1540
dia 736.6mm (dia 2' 5")
h 28mm (h 1 1/8")
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