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Plate with griffin – coat of arms of the Szczecin land

Pomeranian renaissance sculpture
Author, school, workshop
Master of Kolbac reliefs
ca. 1548
Material and technique
sandstone/sculptural and stonemasonry techniques
height 48 cm, width 105 cm
Signatures and inscriptions
Unsigned. Under the actual renaissance panel a stone plaque sunk into the plaster with the inscription in Gothic font: "Im Jahre 1535 ward Kloster Kolbatz aufgelöst u. zur Rezidenz des füstl. Geschlechts der Greifen gemacht" ("in 1535 the Kolbatz monastery was abolished and turned into a residence of the princely family of the Griffins"). - the inscription is now barely legible).
Identity number
the plaque was probably founded in 1548 by Duke Barnim XI. It originally served as part of the fireplace or portal lintel in the interior of the residence into which the Kolbata monastery was to be converted. After 1933, it was moved to its present location and provided with a plaque with an inscription. The plaque is one of two well-known works by the Kolbacka relief master (alongside a plaque with busts of Duke Barnim XI and his wife Anna Brunswick-Lüneburg, dated 1545. - now in the collection of the National Museum in Szczecin).
Roman Catholic Parish of the Sacred Heart of Jesus in Kolbacz
Public domain
Slab secondarily located on the south wall of the chancel, in the first bay to the west.
The Renaissance plate of trapezoidal shape is decorated with a relief depicting a rolled cartouche with a Pomeranian griffin supported by two standing putti with stocky plump bodies. The griffin facing heraldically to the left. Putto on left (heraldically right) depicted in semi-profile, carrying shield with right hand. The putto on the right (heraldically left), standing in counter-propost to the right, carries the shield with its left hand, with its right hand supporting an acanthus vase. The whole is framed by a plain border.