Tobias and Sara

Whilst we were wandering round the V&A on our Treasure Hunt (click here to read the post) earlier in the holidays, we saw this rather wonderful piece of stained glass.  It shows Tobias and Sara sleeping on their wedding night.

The story comes from the Book Of Tobit.  Tobias arrives at the house of his kinsman, Raguel, who promptly gives Tobias his daughter to marry.  With this kind offer comes the warning that Sara’s seven previous husbands have been eaten by demons on the wedding night.  Tobias is not keen on this fate and with the archangel Raphael cooks up a potion to drive the demon away.  In order for the potion to work they have to wait three nights before they can consummate the marriage to ensure that the demon is dead.

We see them here sleeping chastely waiting for the demon to go away.  The little dog on the bed is Tobias’s faithful pet symbolising marital love and fidelity.

Odd story but a very beautiful piece of sixteenth century stained glass.  It makes me wonder about the story of the glass itself.  How did it survive so long.  When did it leave its native Germany?  Who owned it and where did it hang before it came to rest in the Medieval and Renaissance gallery at the V&A?



  1. August 13, 2017 / 12:06 am

    That is a long time for the glass to survive and still looking so colourful. Our old cottages are 16th Century, sadly no stained glass with a story though!

  2. August 13, 2017 / 12:33 am

    Beautiful stained glass window and what a story to accompany it. It’s still so vibrant too.

  3. August 13, 2017 / 12:59 am

    Beautiful window but, eek, what a creepy story …!

  4. August 13, 2017 / 6:13 am

    Fascinating story and the glass certainly doesn’t look 400 years old. Thinking of visiting the V&A with the kids myself in the next few weeks. #MySundayPhoto

  5. August 13, 2017 / 11:20 am

    Fascinating story

  6. RaisieBay
    August 13, 2017 / 2:09 pm

    I love stained glass windows, this one is beautiful. I hope that they managed to avoid the demon. I have to admit though, I really thought they had a sheep on their bed. not a dog

  7. August 13, 2017 / 3:03 pm

    Wow that’s quite a story!! Amazing glass and shows such talent from the 16c!

  8. August 13, 2017 / 9:06 pm

    What a beautiful piece of stained glass and such an interesting story. I love the dog sleeping on the bed 🙂

  9. August 13, 2017 / 9:28 pm

    That’s a great story and the colours are so bright #MySundayPhoto

  10. August 15, 2017 / 5:12 pm

    Absolutely beautiful. Thank you for the story behind it!

  11. August 16, 2017 / 5:39 pm

    What a very strange story. I’d be interested to know more about the glass too, it’s beautiful! #MySundayPhoto

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