Heraldic Panel with the Arms of the Eberler Family

Unknownabout 1490

The J. Paul Getty Museum

The J. Paul Getty Museum
Los Angeles, United States

A beautiful courtly woman is shown next to the arms of the Eberler family of Basel, Switzerland. She wears a richly patterned blue gown with short slit sleeves, long kid gloves, a dagger attached to a gold belt, a gold necklace, and an elaborate headdress with a trailing white veil. The coat of arms comprise a shield with the charge (heraldic motif) of a red boar’s head on a patterned gold field (ground), helmet, crest (distinctive feature above a helmet) of a red boar’s head, and mantling (cloak-like decoration behind a coat of arms) in the form of wide densely curled leaves of the colors (both red and gold). The figure and armorial are set against a red damask-patterned ground within an arbored arch with birds in the supports and a lively image of falconry above. The panel is worked to the highest refinement, both in the sophisticated application of the vitreous paint and silver stain, and in the use of flashed glass. The motifs and style bear close comparison to the work of the Basel glass painter, Lucas Zeiner, as well as to the earliest work of the great Swiss Renaissance master, Niklaus Manuel Deutsch.


  • Title: Heraldic Panel with the Arms of the Eberler Family
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date Created: about 1490
  • Location Created: Basel (?), Switzerland
  • Physical Dimensions: 44 × 31 × 1 cm (17 5/16 × 12 3/16 × 3/8 in.)
  • Type: Stained glass
  • External Link: Find out more about this object on the Museum website.
  • Medium: Pot-metal, flashed, and colorless glass, vitreous paint, and silver stain; lead came
  • Terms of Use: Open Content
  • Number: 2003.47
  • Culture: Swiss
  • Credit Line: The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles
  • Creator Display Name: Unknown maker, Swiss
  • Classification: Decorative Art (Art Genre)

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