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Panel - Tobit and Sara praying

Tobit and Sara praying

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Alsace (made)

  • Date:

    early 17th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Lingg, Lorenz (painter)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Stained glass

  • Credit Line:

    Purchased with funds from the Murray Bequest

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This is one of ten panels in the Museum's collection (C.560 to 569-1921) that depict events from the Old Testament story of Tobias and the Angel.

In the foreground Tobit, Tobias’s father, prays for death in despair at his blindness. In the background Sarah, Tobias’s future wife, also prays for death in despair at the death of her seven husbands.

The panel illustrates one of the new techniques for decorating glass that were introduced in the mid 16th century. Glass painters used paints known as 'enamels' to paint directly onto the glass, similar to painting onto a canvas. The colours were produced by adding metallic oxides to a ground glass (frit) mixture. The resulting wide colour range included the delicate pinks, yellows, greens, reds and purples shown here.

The panels were painted by Lorenz Ling, a pupil of the stained glass master Christoph Murer. Murer had created a series of drawings illustrating the Book of Tobit. Ling made his own copies of these drawings and then produced this set of painted glass panels from them.

The inscription at the bottom of the panel refers to a man who was a member of a civic court. The date in the inscription most likely refers to the date of his membership. These ten panels were commissioned by a group of court officials, probably to commemorate a special event. It is known that Ling was working in Strasbourg and it is quite likely that these panels were originally displayed in a courtroom in Strasbourg itself or in the neighbouring Alsace region.

Physical description

Panel depicting the prayers of Tobit and Sara, above an inscription. Slightly restored. Coat of arms inscription missing from below and replaced by a lion's mask.

Place of Origin

Alsace (made)


early 17th century (made)


Lingg, Lorenz (painter)

Materials and Techniques

Stained glass


Height: 18.25 in, Width: 12.5 in

Descriptive line

Panel of clear and coloured glass painted with enamels and silver stain. Depicting an event from the Book of Tobit (Tobit and Sara praying). Swiss, painted by Lorenz Lingg, early 17th century

Production Note

Designed by Murer but probably executed in South Germany, perhaps Ulm.

Subjects depicted

Woman; Lion (animal); Angel; Religions; Cherub; Dog; Column


Stained Glass; Religion


Ceramics Collection

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