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ca. 1450
German, Nuremberg
Wood, iron, gesso, polychrome, pigskin, silver leaf
H. 19 in. (48.3 cm); W. 13 in. (33 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of Mrs. Florence Blumenthal, 1925
Accession Number:
Not on view
[J. W. Böhler, Lucerne, by 1923–1925; sold through Bashford Dean to MMA, 1925]
Munich. Doerner Institut. "Behaim shield conservation 2008," June 16, 2008–June 16, 2011.

Munich. Doerner Institut. "Behaim shield conservation renewal 2010," June 16, 2010–June 16, 2011.

Faltermeier, Christel, and Rudolf Meyer. "Appendix: Notes on the Restoration of the Behaim Shields." Metropolitan Museum Journal 30 (1995). pp. 53-60.

Nickel, Helmut. "The Seven Shields of Behaim: New Evidence." Metropolitan Museum Journal (1995). pp. 29-51 (Behaim shields discussed and illustrated).

Nickel, Helmut. "from Metropolitan Museum Journal." The Seven Shields of Behaim: New Evidence 30 (1995). pp. 29–51, ill.

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