The Wallace Collection

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Pageant shield
  • Pageant shield
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Italy
  • c. 1590
  • Wood, canvas, gesso, oil paint, gold and iron
  • Diameter: 48.5 cm
    Weight: 1.67 kg
  • Inscription: 'V E N I A M ·O V O C V N O V E · V O C A R I S' 'I shall come wherever thou art called
    Inscription: 'E T · D V B I T A M V S · A D H V C / V I R V T E M E X T E N D E R E F A C T I S' 'And do we still hesitate to enlarge our prowess by deeds'
  • A314
  • European Armoury III
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  • Circular shield or target, convex, of wood, covered with canvas and gesso, and painted in oil with three figures in a landscape background with a city, Troy; on the left a man in a Phrygian cap (Æneas) being directed by Minerva; to the right is a winged female with a peacock's eyes upon her dress (probably Juno) holding back Minerva's hand. Above is a crowned staff encircled with a riband inscribed:–
    VENIAM·QVOCVNQVE·VOCAIS
    ('I shall come wherever thou art called')

    This shield is bordered with a gold band inscribed: ET·DVBITAMVS·ADHVC VIRTVTEM EXTENDERE FACTIS
    ('and do we still hesitate to enlarge our prowess by deeds')
    (Æneid VI, 806, from the speech of Anchises to Æneas.)

    The back is also covered with canvas and gesso, and has an oblong, leather pad, stuffed with tow; one iron buckle, and parts of the loops for the arm and hand remain.