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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. The fanciful hairstyle, trailing ribbons and distinctive pose of this Head single out this figure and may allude to this romantic nature. In the early 1600s young men were often depicted hand-on-heart to suggest the dreaminess of a person in love or a poet. 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 787.4mm (dia 2' 7")
h 28mm (h 1 1/8")
Property Information
Accession No
STC014

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