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ca. 1560
Landshut or Augsburg
German, Landshut or Augsburg
Steel, gold
Diam. 22 1/4 in. (56.5 cm); Wt. 7 lb. 2 oz. (3232 g)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1904
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 371
The three lions, masterfully embossed in low relief, refer to the heraldic arms of the shield's owner, who unfortunately is not identified. Since the shield is recorded as having come from Spain in the early nineteenth century, its owner was undoubtedly a Spanish nobleman. Cuts across the surface of the lions indicate that the shield saw active use, most likely in a tournament on foot.
Ex. coll.: Royal Armory, Madrid; Ralph Bernal; Earl of Londesborough; Marice de Talleyrand-Périgord, Duc de Dino, Paris.
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