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Coaster / Rectangular Roundel

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Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery

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Basic Information

Accession Number:1965T2442.3
Collection:Social History - Pinto Collection
Date:1600 - 1700


This is one of a set of three rectangular coasters or roundels, English, probably dating from the early 17th century.The majority of roundels were thin, circular discs of wood which were plain on one side and with painted decoration of flowers, geometric designs and poetic or moralizing verses on the other. They were probably designed to be used at the end of a large formal meal when the diners would perform the verses in front of the other guests.The verse running around the border of this roundel refers to 'The Wolf and the Lamb', one of Aesop's Fables. The moral of this tale being that a bully will always find an excuse for tormenting others.

Purchased from Edward H Pinto, 1965.

Further Information

Production Period:17th century
Place of Origin:England

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Height:12.8 cm
Width:10.1 cm