May 7, 2012

Heraldic Panel with Arms of Lichtenfels and a Unicorn Hunt

Heraldic Panel with Arms of Lichtenfels and a Unicorn Hunt

c. 1515

White glass with silver stain and pot metal

Overall: 39.1 x 28.9 cm (15 3/8 x 11 3/8 in.)

Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund 1954.149

Did you know?

The red glass is actually layered over clear glass. Otherwise, it would be too dark to see through.


The upper half of this panel shows a unicorn hunt reconfigured to represent the annunciation. Only a virgin could lure a unicorn who is seen here grasping the horn of the mythical beast; not far behind are the hunter and hounds. The Virgin here is the Virgin Mary and arriving to the scene is the angel Gabriel dressed as a hunter.

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