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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. Carved with the profile of a woman wearing a close fitting cap, cloak and sashed tunic, thought to represent one of the female Worthies. Traces of paint survive indicating the original colour scheme; red on the lips and blue indicating the metal of the armour. The border is decorated with a foliage motif. 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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