The Wallace Collection

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Plaque
  • Plaque
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Milan, Italy
  • c. 1550 - c. 1560
  • Iron or steel, gold and silver, embossed and overlaid
  • Diameter: 20.3 cm
    Weight: 0.305 kg
  • A1339
  • European Armoury III
Commentary
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  • Circular plaque, convex, the edge scalloped and pierced with twelve holes; it possibly formed the central boss of a leather or velvet-covered pageant shield. It is embossed in low relief with a figure of Minerva, seated amid trophies of arms, holding in her left hand a statuette of Victory, and in her right a spear; in the background a walled city; beaded border; the whole overlaid with silver and gold on a darkened ground. The plaque has been pierced in working and skilfully repaired.

    Italian (Milanese), about 1550-60.

    Of fine quality. For the rich arabesque decoration of the garments, compare pageant shield A325 and plaques, A1340-1.

    This is probably the central boss of a round target illustrated when in the Uboldo collection as Scudi no. 1, as well as in the frontispiece of the Dassi drawngs in the Castelo Sforzesco, Milan, and as Scudi, pl. 1A, in the published catalogue.