A roundel by an anonymous Italian stone carver.  It is permanently embedded into a Medieval display wall of the DIA, along with other roundels and pieces of carved stone from the Middle Ages.

Can you guess the age of this piece?  The 11th, 12th, or 13th century perhaps?  The Latin spelling of “Jesus” on the banner, “IESVS,” along with the primitive style, are certainly give-aways that it has to be quite early.

Don’t feel bad if you didn’t guess – late 1800’s to early 1900’s – as stated on the placard in the museum!  I worked for hours on this drawing before checking the date and was shocked to see the carving might be only a little more than 100 years old.  I don’t know if it was intentionally carved to appear centuries older, or if the carver was an unconscientious Middle Ages Master.

Does anyone have more information about this piece?  I’d appreciate any further enlightenment.  Thank you!






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