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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 female figure in this Head wears a French dress with Spanish sleeves. She wears a dress with a square neckline and the distinctive headdress known as a French hood. Such identifiably French and Spanish elements visually expressed Scotland’s European alliances. 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 736.6mm (dia 2' 5")
h 28mm (h 1 1/8")
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