Wood, leather, gesso, silver foil, polychromy, iron
H. 67 1/2 in. (171.45 cm); W. 28 3/4 in. (73.03 cm); Wt. 49 lb. (22.23 kg)
Gift of Bashford Dean, 1922
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.