The Wallace Collection

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Parade shield
  • Parade shield
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Milan, Italy
  • c. 1570
  • Steel, copper alloy, gold and silver, embossed, chased and counterfeit-damascened
  • Diameter: 55.2 cm
    Weight: 3.3 kg
  • A328
  • European Armoury III
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  • Parade shield or buckler, circular, of steel, convex with a flat brim, the outer edge turned over, roped and bordered with modern, brass-headed rivets, cone-shaped and fluted, for the lining bands. The shield is embossed, chased, counterfeit-damascened in gold and dotted with silver on a dark ground with a representation of Horatius Cocles defending the Sublician Bridge against Porsena and the Etruscans; in the background are the Tiber and the city of Rome; to the right soldiers destroying the bridge; the border is decorated with amazons, recumbent soldiers, putti and trophies of arms embossed in low relief and counterfeit-damascened with gold and silver. It is pierced for the attachment of the arm and hand-loops, but no traces of these remain.
    Compare the treatment of the horse's head and legs with small gold lines with a plaque in the Wallace Collection (A1343). The same subject occurs on an embossed shield in Museo di Capodimonte, Naples.

    The central scene of a round target decorated with the same subject in the Polish Army Museum, Warsaw, derives from the same, so far unidentified source, but it appears to be by a different and more accomplished hand (no. 212x; Zygulski, 1982, pI. 155).

    The same subject occurs on a round target in the Armeria Reale, Turin, but the border decoration in particular is distinctly different in style (no. F26; Mazzini, 1982, no. 95).