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.
- Pompeo della Cesa
- Infantry Garniture of a Target (Shield) and Pointed Morion
- Made 1570–1585
- Steel, brass, gilding, silk velvet, horse hair, silk, and silver-gilt fringe
- Rondache diameter: 55.9 cm (22 in.) Shaffron weight: 2 lb. 10 oz. Cabasset weight: 6 lb.
- George F. Harding Collection