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Set of twelve Elizabethan roundels in beechwood, one side decorated in polychrome and gold floral, leaf, fruit and scroll devices encircling quotations from the Bible, one with a Death's head; contained in turned beechwood box retaining traces of original decoration.


Until 1971, Stair & Company, Williamsburg, VA; January 22, 1071, sold by Stair & Company to Edith I. Welch (Mrs. Stuart C. Welch), Warner, NH; gift of Edith l. Welch to the MFA. (Accession date: March 22, 2000)

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Gift of Edith I. Welch (Mrs. Stuart C. Welch) in honor of Ellenor M. Alcorn and Jeffrey H. Munger

English, 1575–1600

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Overall: 12.7 cm (5 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Wood; polychromed beechwood




Wood Carvings / Turnings