The Wallace Collection

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Parade shield
  • Parade shield
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Italy
  • c. 1590
  • Steel, gold, copper alloy and leather, etched and gilded
  • Diameter: 56.7 cm
    Weight: 3.39 kg
  • A338
  • European Armoury II
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Further Reading
  • Round shield or target, of slightly convex with a small pyramidal spike springing from etched acanthus in the centre. The surface is boldly etched with eight radiating bands containing figures representing War, Peace, Victory, etc., on a granulating ground; in the panels between, suspended by ribands, are eight cartouches containing winged chimaeras. Traces of gilding remain; the border with interlaced strapwork and scattered trophies; the edge turned under and roughly roped; at the border a row of brass-headed rivets for the lining band (modern). At the back an oblong frame of steel straps to which the enarmes were secured; it is fastened in front with four large, pyramidal-headed screws; parts of the original, red leather lining remain.