A stemma is a written record of a family tree that can be traced back to ancient Rome when they recorded such genealogical information on scrolls. In the Middle Ages, coat of arms began to replace stemmas as the preferred method for conveying familial lines. This Italian stemma plaque has been inspired by both practices, with three pairs of volute scrolls surrounding a stylized coat of arms.
An eagle with wings displayed sits at the top of this hand-carved plaque, perched on top of a pair of scrolls that form the coat of arms top border. In heraldic terms, the eagle is said to be “rising contourné”, meaning that its feet are still on the ground and the head is facing toward the viewer’s right. The scrolls that the eagle perch on also form a foliate border at the base of the escutcheon. A pair of interlaced cornucopias, overflowing with fruit and flowers, are emblazoned on the shield. The cornucopias are adorned with fluting and bundled together by a bow. Directly beneath the heraldic display is a winged angel mascaron. Our masterfully carved Italian stemma plaque can be hung on an exterior or interior wall, making it an instant conversation piece.
CONDITION: Good condition with minor nicks and rubs. Stone is a natural material that can become darker or lighter from the elements. Please see photos for details.