St Dyfnog's

A Jesse window is a visual representation in stained glass of the family tree of Jesus Christ, showing some of his ancestors as far back as Jesse. The Jesse Tree has been depicted in almost every medium of Christian art. In particular, it is the subject of many stained glass windows and illuminated manuscripts. It is also found in wall paintings, architectural carvings, funerary monuments, floor tiles and embroidery. The inspiration for the whole concept comes from the prophecy of Isaiah (chapter 11, verse 1) “And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots”.
The artist who created the Llanrhaeadr Jesse window is unknown, though its date of completion, 1533, can be seen at the very bottom of the fifth light. The figures resemble 'court' playing cards, which took their form at about the time the window was made. It is believed that the window was removed for safety in 1645, at the time of the Civil War, and replaced in 1661, during which two of the figures - Achaz and Ezekias (second and third up from the bottom, in the left-hand light) - seem to have been transposed. In its present state, the Llanrhaeadr Jesse window has 23 identifiable human figures. We have reproduced four of them - David, Joram, Moses and Solomon - on mugs, coasters and placemats.

MUGS £5.95 each
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12134MUG Jesse window DAVID
12136MUG Jesse window MOSES

12135MUG Jesse window JORAM
12137MUG Jesse window SOLOMON

COASTERS £1.95 each
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12142COA Jesse window DAVID
12143COA Jesse window JORAM

12144COA Jesse window MOSES
12145COA Jesse window SOLOMON