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Panel - Tobias and the Angel

Tobias and the Angel

  • Object:

    Panel

  • Place of origin:

    Flanders (region) (made)

  • Date:

    mid 16th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Stained glass

  • Credit Line:

    Bequeathed by Walter Guthrie

  • Museum number:

    C.384-1934

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This panel shows an episode from the Old Testament story of Tobias and the Angel. Tobias was sent by his blind father to collect a debt. He was accompanied on his journey by his dog and the Archangel Raphael in disguise. The angel told Tobias to catch a fish and extract its bile to make a potion to cure his father’s blindness.

The decorative technique used here was developed in the early part of the 14th century. It consisted of painting a compound of silver on the back of the glass which, after firing in a kiln, turns yellow. Depending on the quality and quantity of the silver stain used, the resulting colour ranged from a lemon-yellow to a burnt-orange.

Stained glass panels like this one played an important part in transmitting the central beliefs of the Christian church. When literacy was not widespread, stained glass windows were like large and colourful picture storybooks in which worshippers could ‘read’ the stories of the Bible.

Physical description

Stained glassd panel depicting Tobias and the Angel.

Place of Origin

Flanders (region) (made)

Date

mid 16th century (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Stained glass

Dimensions

Height: 5.25 in, Width: 6.75 in

Descriptive line

Stained glass panel depicting Tobias and the Angel, Flemish, Mid 16th century.

Subjects depicted

Angel

Categories

Stained Glass; Religion

Collection

Ceramics Collection

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