This wing-shaped shield and others like it in the Metropolitan Museum's collection (42.50.29, 49.57.1), with the distinctive upward-sweeping back edge, were the characteristic light-cavalry shields of Hungary. During the sixteenth century, the style was adopted across much of eastern Europe by both Christian and Islamic horsemen. The shield's elongated upper edge was designed to defend the back of the head and neck against cuts from a saber, the preferred cavalry weapon in that region.
Ex. coll.: Archduke Eugen, Castle Engelstein and Fortress Hohenwerfen, Austria; Clarence H. Mackay, Roslyn, New York.
Auer, Alfred, and Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna. Das Inventarium der Ambraser Sammlungen aus dem Jahr 1621 : I. Teil : die Rüstkammern. Vienna: Anton Schroll, p. CIX, no. 445.
Boeheim, Wendelin. "Fachliche Notizen." Zeitschrift für Historische Waffenkunde 1 (1898). p. 213 (probably this shield).
Eugen, Archduke. The Great Historical Collection of Arms and Armor. New York: Anderson Galleries, 1927. p. 203, fig. no. 1052.
Burke, Sir Henry Farnham, Prince Stanisław Albrecht Radziwiłł, Thomas E. Waggaman, Eugen, Archduke, Sir Guy Francis Laking, Charles A. de Cosson, Earl of Loudoun, and Seki Yasunosuke. Collection Sale. London: Christie, Manson & Woods, May 5 1931.