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Highland Targe

Date:
1700–1750
Culture:
Scottish
Medium:
Wood, leather, brass, horn, textile
Dimensions:
Diam., 19 3/4 in. (50.17 cm); Wt. 6 lbs. 5 oz. (2,870 g)
Classification:
Shields
Credit Line:
Gift of Jeremy, Christopher, and Robert Douglass, in memory of their father, George A. Douglass, 1996
Accession Number:
1996.83
Not on view
Highland targes were the last type of European shields to be used actively in battle, remaining a standard part of Highland equipment up to the battle of Culloden in 1746.
Ex collections: Alfred W. Cox, Glendoich, near Perth, Scotland; R.T. Gwynn, Epsom; George A. Douglass, Jr., Riverside, Connecticut
Norman, A. V. B. "A Highland Targe (Targaid) of about 1715 at Duff House, Banffshire." The Journal of the Arms and Armour Society XV (March 1998). pp. 418-425.

Pyhrr, Stuart W., Donald J. La Rocca, and Morihiro Ogawa. Arms and Armor: Notable Acquisitions, 1991–2002. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2002. p. 24, no. 19, ill. (color).



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