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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. & 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.
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