Date: ca. 1600
Geography: probably Venice
Culture: Italian, probably Venice
Medium: Wood, leather, gesso, polychromy, gold, silver foil
Dimensions: Diam. 23 1/2 in. (59.69 cm); Wt. 4 lb. 12 oz. (2155 g)
Credit Line: Gift of Stephen V. Grancsay, 1942
Accession Number: 42.50.31
This is one of a large group of Venetian round lacquered leather shields with Ottoman-inspired motifs, some of which may have been employed by the bodyguard of Wolf-Dietrich von Raitenau, prince-archbishop of Salzburg from 1587 to 1612. The exterior is overlaid with thin leather with tooled ornament in low relief; the design is further embellished with silver leaf that has been given a golden hue by means of a translucent yellow varnish.