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ca. 1600
probably Venice
Italian, probably Venice
Wood, leather, gesso, polychromy, gold, silver foil
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:
Not on view
This is one of a large group of shields decorated in a Middle Eastern style and thought to have been made for the bodyguard of Wolf Dietrich von Raitenau, prince-archbishop of Salzburg (reigned 1587–1612).
Schloss Vaduz, Liechtenstein (formerly inv. no. 873)Clarence H. Mackay, New York (until d. 1938; sold through his estate to Grancsay between July 25, 1940–January 14, 1941); Stephen V. Grancsay, New York (by January 14, 1941–1942; his gift to MMA).
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The Art of Imperial Turkey and its European Echoes," November 15, 1973–March 3, 1974.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The Bright Side of the Battle: Symbol and Ceremony in Islamic Arms and Armor," January 17–September 1, 1985.

Paris. Institut du Monde Arabe. "Venice and the Islamic World, 828–1797," October 2, 2006–February 18, 2007, no. 140.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Venice and the Islamic World, 828–1797," March 27, 2007–July 8, 2007, no. 140.

Venice. Musei Civici Venezani. "Venice and the Islamic World, 828–1797," July 28, 2007–November 25, 2007, no. 140.

American Art Association. European Arms and Armour, Mainly XV, XVI & XVII Centuries. New York: American Art Association, November 19–20, 1926. no. 138 (our shield called Venetian mid-XVI century; sold for $750), pl. XVII.

Aroldi, Aldo M. Armi e Armature Italiane Fino al XVIII Secolo. Milan: Bramante Editrice, 1961. p. 65, pl. VI (a similar painted shield).

Engelsberger, Ulrike, and Franz Wagner. Fürsterzbischof Wolf Dietrich von Raitenau, Gründer des Barocken Salzburg: 4. Salzburger Landesausstellung, 16. Mai-26. Oktober 1987 im Residenz-Neugebäude und im Dommuseum zu Salzburg. Salzburg: Salzburger Landesregierung, 1987. pp. 265–69 (arms of the guard of Archbishop Wolf Dietrich discussed).

Carboni, Stefano. Venice and the Islamic World, 828–1797. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2007. pp. 233, 336, no. 140, ill.

Carboni, Stefano. "Islamic Glass East and West: A Journey Along the Silk Route from China to Venice." Arts of Asia 37 (2007). pp. 84–95, ill.

Ramharter, Johannes. "Der Waffenbesitz der Fürsterzbischofe von Salzburg und sein Verbleib." Mitteilungen der Gesellschaft für Salzburger Landeskunde 149 (2009). p. 342.

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