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)

Classification: Shields

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.