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Shield for the Field or Tournament (Targe)

Date:
ca. 1450
Culture:
German
Medium:
Wood, leather, linen, gesso, pigments, silver
Dimensions:
H. 22 in. (55.88 cm); W. 16 in. (40.64 cm)
Classification:
Shields
Credit Line:
Gift of Mrs. Florence Blumenthal, 1925
Accession Number:
25.26.1
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 373
This shield is painted with a coat of arms belonging either to the Gottsmann family or to the related Türriegel family, both of Franconia. The female figure at the side holds a banderole inscribed in part with a motto in German: HAB MYCH ALS ICH BIN... (Take me as I am...). The decoration, with its brilliant colors on a silver-foil ground, is remarkably well preserved because it was hidden for centuries beneath layers of later paint. On the leather-lined back of the shield are traces of a painted figure of Saint Christopher, whose image was thought to protect against sudden death.
Inscription: The female figure holds a banderole inscribed in part with a motto in German: HAB MYCH ALS ICH BIN (Take me as I am).
Nickel, Helmut. Ullstein-Waffenbuch: Eine Kulturhistorische Waffenkunde mit Markenverzeichnis. Berlin: Ullstein, 1974. p. 35, ill.

Angerer, Martin, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and Germanisches Nationalmuseum. Nürnberg, 1300–1550: Kunst der Gotik und Renaissance. 1st ed. ed. Munich: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1986. pp. 201–3, no. 60a.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Germanisches Nationalmuseum. Gothic and Renaissance Art in Nuremberg, 1300–1550. 1st ed. ed. New york: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, May 1986. pp. 201–3, no. 60a.

Faltermeier, Christel, and Mr. Rudolf Meyer. "Appendix: Notes on the Restoration of the Behaim Shields." Metropolitan Museum Journal 30 (1995). pp. 53–60.

Nickel, Helmut. "The Seven Shields of Behaim: New Evidence." Metropolitan Museum Journal 30 (1995). pp. 29–51, 30 and 43–45 ill.

Gotsmann, Reinhard. "Ein Beitrag zur Geschichte und Genealogie des Fränkischen Adelsgeschlechtes von Gottsmann." In Die Herren von Gottsmann zu Neuhaus, Thurn, Büg und Brand. Vol. 1. Hamburg: Reinhard Gotsmann, 2002. pp. 593–596, p. 594 ill.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Thomas P. Campbell. The Metropolitan Museum of Art Guide. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2012. p. 160, ill.



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