Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Buckler (Targhetta da Pugno)

ca. 1550–75
Steel, gold
H. 13 1/8 in. (33.3 cm); W.11 5/8 in. (29.5 cm); Wt. 2 lb. 15 oz. (1332 g)
Credit Line:
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Ronald S. Lauder, 1983
Accession Number:
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.
Demmin, August. Guide des Armateurs d'Armes et Armures Anciennes. Paris, 1869. p. 321, fig. 69.

Erbach-Erbach, Eberhard zu Graf. General-Catalog der gräflich Erbachischen Sammlungen im Schlosse zu erbach. Erbach im Odenwald, 1894. p. 10, no. 170.

Müller-Hickler, Hans. Die Waffensammlungen in Erbach i. O. 1923. p. 56.

Pyhrr, Stuart W., and Helmut Nickel. Notable Acquisitions 1982/1983 (1982). p. 26, ill.

La Rocca, Donald J., and The Metropolitan Museum of Art. The Academy of the Sword: Illustrated Fencing Books 1500–1800. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1998. p. 25, ill.

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