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Hungarian-style Shield

Date:
ca. 1500–1550
Culture:
Eastern European
Medium:
Wood, leather, gesso, polychromy
Dimensions:
H. 50 in. (127 cm); W. 20 in. (50.8 cm)
Classification:
Shields
Credit Line:
Gift of Stephen V. Grancsay, 1942
Accession Number:
42.50.29
  • Description

    This wing-shaped shield and others like it in the Metropolitan Museum's collection (42.50.30, 49.57.1), with the distinctive upward-sweeping back edge, were the characteristic light-cavalry shields of Hungary. During the sixteenth century, the style was adopted across much of eastern Europe by both Christian and Islamic horsemen. The shield's elongated upper edge was designed to defend the back of the head and neck against cuts from a saber, the preferred cavalry weapon in that region.

  • Provenance

    Ex. coll.: Robert Curzon, 14th Baron Zouche of Haryngworth, Sussex; Clarence H. Mackay, Roslyn, New York.

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