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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
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