The Wallace Collection

The Wallace Collection, A Family Collection, A National Museum, An International Treasure House
  • Target
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • North Italy
  • c. 1580
  • Steel and copper alloy, etched
  • Diameter: 56.5 cm
    Weight: 5.55 kg
  • A336
  • European Armoury II
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Further Reading
  • Round shield or target, of bright steel, slightly convex in section, with a spirally-fluted central spike (modern?), springing from the centre of acanthus leaves; the edges turned under and roped; bordered with brass-headed rivets for the lining bands (missing). The surface is etched with radiating bands of trophies of arms and musical instruments, joined by chevrons, all on a granulated ground. At the back is a stout hook for suspension; fittings for the enarmes no longer remain; they must have been attached by two blind rivets on one side, and the rivets now holding the hook on the other. The original steel strap for the spike is missing.