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Tournament Shield (Targe)

Date:
ca. 1500
Culture:
German
Medium:
Wood, burlap, leather, gesso, polychromy
Dimensions:
H. 26 3/8 in. (67 cm); W. 12 3/8 in. (31.5 cm); D. 5 1/2 in. (14 cm); outer circumference 19 5/16 in. (49 cm); H. of lance rest 2 3/8 in. (6 cm)
Classification:
Shields
Credit Line:
Purchase, Bashford Dean Bequest, 1969
Accession Number:
69.196
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 307
Shields of this shape were inspired by Hungarian light-cavalry shields and were adopted in Germany and Austria for the Hussarisch Turnier (tournament in Hungarian-style costume). The German motto around the owl reads in translation, "Although I am the hated bird, I rather enjoy that." Below this are the quartered arms of the Tänzl and Rindscheit families, which were united by marriage in 1499.
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