Stirling Head, Female Worthy, Stirling CastleYour model is disabled. For more details go to Edit properties3D Model
This is a replica of one of the Stirling Heads, oak roundels dating to the 1540s that make up a series of carvings that decorated the ceiling of the James V’s Presence Chamber at Stirling Castle.
This head is of a female Worthy, with a remarkable border carved with ‘O’s, ‘I’s, and ‘II’s around the circumference. This is thought to be musical notation, and may be the oldest surviving piece of written, Scottish instrumental music. The markings were not intended as an exact musical score, but instead a guide to the musicians.
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 aditional board or block having been placed over the middle board to enable the carver to model the central portion in high relief.
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