Roundel with Three Apes Building a Trestle Table

Date: 1480–1500

Culture: German

Medium: Colorless glass, vitreous paint and silver stain

Dimensions: Overall: 10 1/4 x 8 7/8in. (26 x 22.5cm)

Classification: Glass-Stained

Credit Line: The Cloisters Collection, 1990

Accession Number: 1990.119.3


Three apes work cooperatively and with great seriousness of purpose as they assemble a table consisting of a wide plank balanced on two trestle legs. The most common form of table in the Middle Ages, it could easily be set up or stored, given the appropriate personnel.