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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 female courtier is shown dressed for a masque with a stiff bodice and a distinctive hat. The presentation of masques was another example of James V’s court absorbing European culture. The 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 medallions were fixed to the ceiling.
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Date Made
Circa 1540
dia 787.4mm (dia 2' 7")
h 28mm (h 1 1/8")
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