Making a stained glass panel

Part of the Entry into Jerusalem, stained glass panel, about 1375. Museum no. C.200-1912

Part of the Entry into Jerusalem, stained glass panel, about 1375. Museum no. C.200-1912

This stained-glass panel comes from a window that showed Christ’s Entry into Jerusalem. It shows the crowd waving palm branches, shouting ‘Hosanna’ and laying a garment on the ground for Christ to pass over. Originally, the panel came from the choir windows in Erfurt Cathedral in the eastern part of Germany and was single element of a large window dedicated to the Passion of Christ.

The video shows a replica of the panel being made using identical techniques as the original panel:

  • Lead strips hold the separate pieces of glass together and are an intrinsic part of the design. The strips are smooth with raised, soldered joints.
  • The smooth glass is a block of solid colour.
  • The textured glass has been decorated with enamel paints and then fired in a kiln.  

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