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Standing Shield

Date:
possibly early 14th century
Geography:
Erfurt
Culture:
German, Erfurt
Medium:
Wood, leather, gesso, silver foil, polychromy, iron
Dimensions:
H. 67 1/2 in. (171.45 cm); W. 28 3/4 in. (73.03 cm); Wt. 49 lb. (22.23 kg)
Classification:
Shields
Credit Line:
Gift of Bashford Dean, 1922
Accession Number:
22.164.1
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 373
Shields of this exceptionally large size and weight (forty-nine pounds) were propped on the ground to form a wall to protect archers and infantrymen. This shield is decorated with the coat of arms of the city of Erfurt, a silver wheel on a red ground, and may have been made before 1324, when the coat of arms of the city was changed.
Town Hall of Erfurt
Dean, Bashford. Notes on Arms and Armor. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1916. History, use, and reasons for dating.



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