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Heraldic Roundel with the arms of Ebra

Object Details


Heraldic Roundel with the arms of Ebra


Unknown maker, German




Augsburg (?), Germany (Place Created)


about 1480–1490


Pot-metal, flashed, and colorless glass, vitreous paint, and silver stain; lead came

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25.7 × 1 cm (10 1/8 × 3/8 in.)

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Object Description

The roundel displays an armorial achievement – a full display of the heraldic symbols for a member of a noble family. These elements comprise a shield, helmet, crest (distinctive feature above the helmet), and mantling (cloak-like decoration behind a coat of arms). This shield has the charge (heraldic motif) of a gold ladder on a patterned blue field (ground). The crest is a pair of wings similarly charged. The mantling, in the form of wide densely curled leaves, is of the colors (both blue and gold). All is set against a circular damasked field within a plain border.

before 1985
by 1985

Jane Hayward, 1918 - 1994 (New York)

- 1997

The Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York) [sold, Sotheby's, New York, January 31, 1997, lot 76, ill.]

- 2003

Sam Fogg Rare Books & Manuscripts, English (London), sold to the J. Paul Getty Museum, 2003.


Caviness, Madeline and Jane Hayward, eds. Stained Glass Before 1700 in American Collections: New England and New York (Corpus Vitrearum Checklist I). Studies in the History of Art, vol. 15 (Washington, 1985), p. 191, fig. SG-3.

Michael, Michael. Images in Light: Stained Glass, 1200-1550 (London: Sam Fogg, 2002), pp. 76, 119, no. 32.

Raguin, Virginia Chieffo. Stained Glass: Radiant Art (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 2013), pp. 26-27, 51, figs. 16, 34.