Reminiscent of a late 15th century coat of arms, this double eagle cartouche plaque has been hand-carved in limestone in Italy. A square top shield with a rounded base, known as “Iberian style”, has been emblazoned with a large double-headed eagle with wings displayed and expanded. An eagle with two heads and one body often refers to an empire, as both the Byzantine and Holy Roman Empires used the mythical creature as a symbol.
Above the heraldic display is a five-point open crown depicting stylized castle towers, known as a mural crown. Rising from the top of the crown is a pair of facing volute scrolls separated by a foliate element. A lozenge patterned background fills the interior of the scrolls with a leaf carving on each side. The crown is further flanked by a pair of large volutes that trail down into a foliate margent. Our double eagle cartouche 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.