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Trellised Targe for the Tilt

ca. 1550–60
German, Augsburg
Steel, gold
H. 16 in. (40.6 cm); W. 15 in. (38.1 cm); Wt. 8 lb. 6 oz. (3800 g)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1904
Accession Number:
Not on view
In keeping score at tournaments, the heralds awarded extra points if a lance struck solidly enough to break. The raised trellislike bands on this tilt targe were intended to catch the lance, making it more likely to shatter. The areas within the trellis are finely etched with an inventive menagerie of real and fantastic animals, including a lion, a horse, a griffin, and an imperial double-headed eagle.
Ex. coll.: Fountaine; Duc de Dino (C3).
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Bashford Dean and the Creation of the Arms and Armor Department," October 2, 2012–October 13, 2014.

Fontaine sale, A Catalogue of the Celebrated Fontaine Collection. London: Christie, Manson & Woods, 06/16/2019.

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