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Buckler (Targhetta da Pugno)

Date:
ca. 1550–75
Culture:
Italian
Medium:
Steel, gold
Dimensions:
H. 13 1/8 in. (33.3 cm); W.11 5/8 in. (29.5 cm); Wt. 2 lb. 15 oz. (1332 g)
Classification:
Shields
Credit Line:
Gift of Mr. & Mrs. Ronald S. Lauder, 1983
Accession Number:
1983.136
Not on view
The hook in the center of the buckler was designed so it could hang from the sword belt, ready for use. The raised concentric bars were intended to trap, and possibly break, an opponent's blade.
Ex. coll.: Erbach Castle, Odenwald, Germany.
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