German, Landshut or Augsburg

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 371

The three lions, masterfully embossed in low relief, refer to the heraldic arms of the shield's owner, who unfortunately is not identified. Since the shield is recorded as having come from Spain in the early nineteenth century, its owner was undoubtedly a Spanish nobleman. Cuts across the surface of the lions indicate that the shield saw active use, most likely in a tournament on foot.

Shield, Steel, gold, German, Landshut or Augsburg

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