Shields of this shape were inspired by Hungarian light-cavalry shields and were adopted in Germany and Austria for the Hussarisch Turnier (tournament in Hungarian-style costume). The German motto around the owl reads in translation, "Although I am the hated bird, I rather enjoy that." Below this are the quartered arms of the Tänzl and Rindscheit families, which were united by marriage in 1499.
Inscription: Painted within a Banderole: WIE•WOL•ICH•BIN•DER•VOGEL•HAS•NOCH•DEN•ERFRET•MICH•DAS (Though I am hated by all birds, I nevertheless rather enjoy that).
Marking: Arms: Shield: quarterly, 1 and 4, or and sable per pale, chess knights countercharged (Tänzl), 2 and 3 or, a swallow proper (von Rindscheit).
Nickel, Helmut. "The Art of Chivalry." Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin (1973/1974), p. 87, ill.
Schrader, J. L. "A Medieval Bestiary." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, p. 38, ill.