About this artwork
This large curved rectangular shield was developed especially for use with a lance. The jouster rested his lance in the cutout opening on the proper right, called a bouche or mouth. Such shields had been common in war, but by the mid-15th century they functioned more often in jousting, as targets. After tournaments these were frequently hung in homes or in public places to celebrate a noble family or, as in this case, a city.
- Jousting Shield (Stecktarge) with the Coat of Arms of the City of Deggendorf
- Saxony (Object made in)
- Made 1440–1470
- Wood, iron, leather, canvas, gesso, and paint
- 77.5 × 53.3 cm (30 1/2 × 21 in.)
- George F. Harding Collection