This amazing coat of arms plaque is made from hand carved limestone in the North of Italy. It features a crowned double-headed eagle and scrolling foliage.
In heraldry, or the study of coat of arms, the double-headed eagle (or “double-eagle”) is associated with the concept of Empire. Our double-eagle appears to be a modern interpretation of the imperial banner of the Holy Roman Emperor. This banner was used from the 15th century through the 19th century. The eagles are considered “armed” and “langued”, meaning they have been carved with talons showing and the tongue exposed. An eagle in any form has long been a symbol of power.
The double-eagle is emblazoned upon an escutcheon, or shield. There is an open mural crown sitting on top of the shield that signifies the status of the owner of the coat of arms. The crown is adorned with roundels on the head band beneath the mural, and above the crown is a pair of scrolling foliage. This motif is repeated to the side of the crown and above the shield. On each side beneath these is a margent of acanthus leaves.
As a decorative architectural piece, this hand-carved stone plaque from Italy will be a great point of interest anywhere in the home or outside on a wall.
CONDITION: Very good condition with very minor rubs.