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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 intriguing carving may represent King James IV who was implicated in the murder of his own father, James III. As a result he wore a penitential shift to demonstrate his repentance. For James would have been important to present his father absolved from any wrongdoing in order to remove any question over his own claim to the thrown. 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
Dimensions
dia 711.2mm (dia 2' 4")
h 28mm (h 1 1/8")
Property Information
Accession No
STC027

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