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Shield for the Field or Tournament (Targe)

ca. 1450–1500
Wood, leather, silver, gesso, polychromy, iron
21 x 18 in. (53.3 x 45.7 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of Mrs. Florence Blumenthal, 1925
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 373
The surface of the shield is painted with delicate foliate scrolls in silver leaf (now tarnished) on a black ground. During its working life, the shield was painted a second time with two shields bearing the arms of the Nuremberg patrician families Ketzel (on a black ground, a silver monkey holding a gold ball) and Igelbrecht (on a silver ground, a black hedgehog with three gold apples stuck on its spine). The arms may have been added in the late fifteenth century by the Ketzel family as a memorial to Heinrich Ketzel the Elder (died 1438), a citizen of Nuremberg by 1435–36, and his wife Anna Igelbrecht, who married in 1391.
[J. W. Böhler, Lucerne, by 1923–1925; sold through Bashford Dean to MMA, 1925]
Angerer, Martin, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and Germanisches Nationalmuseum. Nürnberg, 1300–1550: Kunst der Gotik und Renaissance. 1st ed. ed. Munich: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1986. pp. 201–3, no. 60e.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Germanisches Nationalmuseum. Gothic and Renaissance Art in Nuremberg, 1300–1550. 1st ed. ed. New york: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, May 1986. pp. 201–3, no. 60e.

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