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Saint Margaret and the dragon, stained glass roundel, German, 16th century
Clear glass with black and dark brown paint, yellow stain. Much stippling in a thick matt overall
Museum number: SG34
St Margaret, carrying a book with her left arm, points to the winged dragon behind her, which looks up at the Saint. She wears a head-dress from which a many-pointed halo streams, and holds her dress revealing her petticoat beneath. The very dark background of coarsely stippled matt from which the figures are picked out and highlighted with yellow stain gives a dramatic effect. As with many German representations of saints at this time there is no background scene.
Catalogue of the Stained Glass in Sir John Soane's Museum, Special Issue of the Journal of Stained Glass 2004, pp 174-175
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