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Shield (Targone)

dated 1807
Pisa, Tuscany
Italian, Pisa
Wood, paint
H. 38 1/2 in. (97.8 cm); W. 8 5/8 in. (21.9 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of William H. Riggs, 1913
Accession Number:
Not on view
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.
William H. Riggs, Paris (until 1913; his gift to MMA).
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Arms and Armor: Notable Acquisitions 2003–2014," November 11, 2014–December 6, 2015.

Borghi, Camillo Ranier. L'Oplomachia Pisana: Ovvero La Battaglia Del Ponte Di Pisa. Lucca: Pellegrino Frediani, 1713. illus.

Heywood, William. Palio and Ponte: An Account of the Sports of Central Italy from the Age of Dante to the XXth Century. London: Metheun & Co., 1904. p. 93 ff. illus.

Carli, Enzo. "Il Gioco del Ponte." Le Vie d'Italia 41 (1935). pp. 520-528.

Karcheski, Walter J., and Donald J. La Rocca. "A Rare Armor for the Gioco del Ponte." Metropolitan Museum Journal 42 (2007). pp. 107-119 (this shield is fig. 8, illus. and discussed on p. 112).

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