Vintage Wawel Castle Souvenir Man
Vintage 1950-60's souvenir from Wawel Castle, Krakow Poland. A replica in clay with wood frame is of the carvings by Sebastian Tauerbach (d. 1552) from the Renaissance coffered ceiling in the Envoy Room built in 1529. The coffered ceiling originally had 194 head sculpture but in the early 19th century, it was destroyed by Austrian troops. The 30 surviving heads are installed in Hall’s reconstructed coffered ceiling, The actual heads were realistically carved of linden wood, and painted in naturalistic colours representing men and women of all walks of life, from commoners to royalty. (pictured below) They looked down on the Polish King whenever the king was receiving envoys or holding debates of state or conducting trials the Wawel Royal Castle. The last picture is of the castle ceiling that the souvenir is replicating.
Size 5" x 4 1/2" x2" deep