The Wallace Collection

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Parade shield
  • Parade shield
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • North Italy
  • c. 1590
  • Steel, gold and silver, etched and damascened
  • Diameter: 59.8 cm
    Weight: 3.7 kg
  • A341
  • European Armoury III
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Further Reading
  • Parade shield, circular, of steel, convex, delicately damascened in gold and silver with a landscape on a blackened ground; in the centre is a bridge of five arches over water between buildings, with woods and hunting scenes on either side; in the foreground Europa is shown crossing the water on the back of the bull (Jove); hills, cities, clouds and birds in the distance; the edge is turned under and bordered with brass-headed rivets for the lining bands. The shield is pierced with four holes for the enarmes, but no trace of these remain.

    This is an unusual piece: the damascening is of the kind sometimes found on Italian iron furniture panels. The composition is curiously, but accidentally, reminiscent of the Chinese willow-pattern. Compare for style the circular shield damascened with the Triumph of Petrarch at Madrid (D69), and Wallace Collection helmet A144.