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Abraham and Isaac, stained glass roundel, Netherlandish, 17th century
Clear glass with black and brown paints, yellow stain, purple and green enamels. Densely painted with bright highlights
Diameter: 115mm, approximate
Museum number: SG14
Isaac sits on a robe and leans against a tree trunk. The bearded Abraham, who wears a turban, holds a knife in one hand and grasps the end of Isaac's robe in the other. From behind a tree trunk, the outline of the wings and hand of the angel who will stay Abraham’s action to slay his son is beginning to emerge, as if from nothing. The drama is heightened by the use of hot colours while the coarsely scratched detail, with lines in many different directions, gives a sense of agitation to the scene.
Catalogue of the Stained Glass in Sir John Soane's Museum, Special Issue of the Journal of Stained Glass 2004, pp 146-147
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