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Oak roundel, part of a series of carvings that decorated the ceiling of the King's Presence Chamber at Stirling Castle. This carving of King James I (1394-1437) provides a glimpse into the costume of his day. All the paintings of James I that survive were made after the king had died, and show him in less accurate costume. This suggests that the Head was based on an original portrait made during James I’s lifetime which sadly, no longer exists. 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.
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Date Made
Circa 1540
dia 762mm (dia 2' 6")
h 28mm (h 1 1/8")
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