- British artist
British artist, Capricorn, 1400s–1500s. Stained glass and lead; 7 7/8 in. (20 cm). Gift of the Berger Collection Educational Trust, 2020.11
Artist not known
Diameter 7 ¾ in. (20 cm)
Inscribed, Sol in capricorn
Promised Gift of the Berger Collection Educational Trust, TL-18553
This roundel of stained glass contains the zodiac sign for Capricorn, traditionally represented by a mythical creature called a sea goat, which was half goat and half fish. Here the sea goat is shown emerging from a shell. The roundel was created at a time when England was still Roman Catholic. It was likely cut from a church window, possibly to be replaced by an alternate image. The piece could represent an effort to salvage elements from a Roman Catholic church stripped of religious art following Henry VIII’s founding of the Church of England.
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