German / Tournament Shield (Targe) / ca. 1450German
Tournament Shield (Targe)
ca. 1450

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Creator Nationality: European; Northern European; German
Creator Name-CRT: German
Title: Tournament Shield (Targe)
Title Type: Object name
View: Full View
Creation Start Date: 1440
Creation End Date: 1460
Creation Date: ca. 1450
Object Type: Decorative Arts and Utilitarian Objects
Classification Term: Armors
Materials and Techniques: Wood, leather, linen, gesso, polychromy, silver
Dimensions: 22 x 16 in. (56 x 40.5 cm)
AMICA Contributor: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Owner Location: New York, New York, USA
ID Number: 25.26.1
Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. Florence Blumenthal, 1925

This shield is painted with a coat of arms, probably that of the Gottsmann family of Franconia. The female figure at the side holds a banderole inscribed in German with the motto: "Hab Mych als Ich Bin... (Take me as I am). The decoration, with its brilliant colors on a silver-foil ground, is remarkably well preserved, as it was hidden for centuries beneath layers of later paint. On the leather-lined back of the shield are traces of a painted figure of Saint Christopher, protector of travelers.

AMICA ID: MMA_.25.26.1
AMICA Library Year: 2000
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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