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Infantry Garniture of a Target (Shield) and Pointed Morion

A work made of steel, brass, gilding, silk velvet, horse hair, silk, and silver-gilt fringe.
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  • A work made of steel, brass, gilding, silk velvet, horse hair, silk, and silver-gilt fringe.

Date:

1570/80

Artist:

North Italian; Milan

About this artwork

Matched round shields with open-faced helmets formed essential equipment for noble field commanders; in addition to providing protection, these served as a sign of rank. This heavy shield (target) and helmet (morion) were intended to defend against gunfire and blows from swords and pikes. Remarkably, they retain their original silk linings and fringe, decorative features that also muffled clanging blows. Training in the use of the target was fundamental to those learning the art of self-defense in the period.

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Applied Arts of Europe

Artist

Pompeo della Cesa

Title

Infantry Garniture of a Target (Shield) and Pointed Morion

Origin

Milan

Date

Made 1570–1585

Medium

Steel, brass, gilding, silk velvet, horse hair, silk, and silver-gilt fringe

Dimensions

Rondache diameter: 55.9 cm (22 in.) Shaffron weight: 2 lb. 10 oz. Cabasset weight: 6 lb.

Credit Line

George F. Harding Collection

Reference Number

1982.2229a-b

Extended information about this artwork

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