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Tournament or Cavalry Shield (Targe)

Date:
ca. 1450–1500
Culture:
German
Medium:
Wood, leather, silver, gesso, polychromy, iron
Dimensions:
21 x 18 in. (53.3 x 45.7 cm)
Classification:
Shields
Credit Line:
Gift of Mrs. Florence Blumenthal, 1925
Accession Number:
25.26.6
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.
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