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Hungarian-Style Shield

Date:
ca. 1500–1550
Culture:
Eastern European
Medium:
Wood, leather, gesso, polychromy
Dimensions:
H. 45 in. (114.3 cm); W. 25 in. (63.5 cm)
Classification:
Shields
Credit Line:
Gift of Stephen V. Grancsay, 1942
Accession Number:
42.50.30
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 373
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.
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 Yasunosuke Seki. collection sale. London: Christie, Manson & Woods, 1931. ill.



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