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Trellised Targe for the Tilt

Date:
ca. 1550–60
Geography:
Augsburg
Culture:
German, Augsburg
Medium:
Steel, gold
Dimensions:
H. 16 in. (40.6 cm); W. 15 in. (38.1 cm); Wt. 8 lb. 6 oz. (3800 g)
Classification:
Shields
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1904
Accession Number:
04.3.105
Not on view
In keeping score at tournaments, the heralds awarded extra points if a lance struck solidly enough to break. The raised trellislike bands on this tilt targe were intended to catch the lance, making it more likely to shatter. The areas within the trellis are finely etched with an inventive menagerie of real and fantastic animals, including a lion, a horse, a griffin, and an imperial double-headed eagle.
Ex. coll.: Fountaine; Duc de Dino (C3).
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