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Shield (Targone)

Date:
dated 1807
Geography:
Pisa, Tuscany
Culture:
Italian, Pisa
Medium:
Wood, paint
Dimensions:
H. 38 1/2 in. (97.8 cm); W. 8 5/8 in. (21.9 cm)
Classification:
Shields
Credit Line:
Gift of William H. Riggs, 1913
Accession Number:
14.25.770
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 371
Each combatant in the gioco del ponte was equipped with a targone, a sturdy clublike shield that was unique to the event. The shields were decorated with the insignia of the squadrons that took part in the mock combat or, in rare instances such as this, with an image of a fully armed contestant.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Arms and Armor: Notable Acquisitions 2003–2014," November 11, 2014–December 6, 2015.

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