The Wallace Collection

The Wallace Collection, A Family Collection, A National Museum, An International Treasure House
  • Pavise
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Nuremberg, Germany
  • c. 1500
  • Wood, parchment or leather, leather and black paint
  • Height: 119.5 cm
    Width: 44.1 cm, top
    Weight: 5.04 kg
  • Stamp: A seal of red wax and the letters 'I A' enclused in a hear-shaped shield
  • A308
  • European Armoury I
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  • Pavise, wider at the top than the bottom. Vertical semi-circular gutter down the middle; the top rounded, the bottom with the rounded corners. Of wood covered with thick parchment or leather (repaired in many places with canvas), painted black. The surface is marked with many colours; the same arms are twice branded on the back. Part of a D-shaped leather handle remains, formerly fixed in the middle of the central hollow. At the top on either side of the hollow are two heavy rivets behind which fragments of a leather strap remain. A ring to which is attached the remains of the guige or carrying-strap survives just below these, but the hook for securing the other end of the guige is missing. A staple and a portion of another flanking the hollow near the centre probably originally carried the horizontal strap supporting the top end of the handle. The purpose of two other staples flanking the hollow near the bottom of the shield and of seven other rivets is not clear. At the base is a seal of red wax and the letters I A enclosed in a heart-shaped shield.

    This is one of a large number of similar pavises, now scattered throughout the world. A few remain in the Germanisches Museum at Nuremberg.