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Oak roundel, part of a series of carvings that decorated the ceiling of the King's Presence Chamber in Stirling Castle. One of two Stirling Heads that depict a figure, probably Hercules, grasping a two-headed serpent. One of the Twelve Labours of Hercules was to slay the nine-headed hydra, a poisonous serpent. Hercules cut off each of its heads but two grew back.
The Stirling Heads are constructed of 3 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 Heads were fixed to the ceiling.
Collection Type
Date Made
Circa 1540
Dimensions
dia 850mm (dia 2' 9 7/16")
h 100mm (h 3 15/16")
Property Information
Accession No
STC005

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