This month’s puzzle comes from the parish church of St Oswald at Malpas (Cheshire) [Fig. 1]
The panel shows three figures. The figure on the left has his left arm raised. The man and woman on the right appear to be a leading a group of people. They carry sacks. Behind the main figures a subsidiary scene on the right shows figures possibly fighting.
The panel consists of clear glass with black vitreous paint and yellow stain. The diameter is 23cm. It has been dated to c.1525.
What subject does the scene depict?
Roundels and other single panels of this period typically depict a range of subjects, including stories from the Old and New Testaments, the Lives of saints, and tales from ancient history and classical literature, such as Homer’s Odyssey. Moral themes can also appear.
The solution can be found at the foot of this month’s Books section