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ca. 1600
probably Venice
Italian, probably Venice
Wood, leather, gesso, polychromy, gold, silver foil
Diam. 23 1/2 in. (59.69 cm); Wt. 4 lb. 12 oz. (2155 g)
Credit Line:
Gift of Stephen V. Grancsay, 1942
Accession Number:
Not on view
This is one of a large group of shields decorated in a Middle Eastern style and thought to have been made for the bodyguard of Wolf Dietrich von Raitenau, prince-archbishop of Salzburg (reigned 1587–1612).
Schloss Vaduz, Liechtenstein (formerly inv. no. 873)Clarence H. Mackay, New York (until d. 1938; sold through his estate to Grancsay between July 25, 1940–January 14, 1941); Stephen V. Grancsay, New York (by January 14, 1941–1942; acquired by MMA).
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The Art of Imperial Turkey and its European Echoes," November 15, 1973–March 3, 1974.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Islamic Art. "Bright Side of Battle," January 17–September 1, 1985.

European arms and armour, mainly XV, XVI, & XVII centuries. New York: American Art Association, 11/19/1926. no. 138 (our shield called Venetian mid-XVI century; sold for $750), pl. XVII (ill.).

Aroldi, Aldo M. Armi e Armature Italiane Fino al XVIII Secolo. Milan: Bramante Editrice, 1961. p. 65, pl. VI (for similar painted shield).

Engelsberger, Ulrike, and Franz Wagner. Fürsterzbischof Wolf Dietrich von Raitenau, Gründer des Barocken Salzburg: 4. Salzburger Landesausstellung, 16. Mai-26. Oktober 1987 im Residenz-Neugebäude und im Dommuseum zu Salzburg. Salzburg: Salzburger Landesregierung, 1987. pp. 265–69.

Carboni, Stefano. Venice and the Islamic World, 828–1797. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2007. pp. 233, 336, no. 140, ill.

Carboni, Stefano. "Islamic Glass East and West: A Journey Along the Silk Route from China to Venice." Arts of Asia 37 (2007). pp. 84-95, ill. on p. 93.

Ramharter, Johannes. "Der Waffenbesitz der Fürsterzbischofe von Salzburg und sein Verbleib." Mitteilungen der Gesellschaft für Salzburger Landeskunde 149 (2009). pp. 342.

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