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Shield with a Lion's Head, Held by a Wild Woman

A work made of engraving in black on ivory laid paper.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of engraving in black on ivory laid paper.

Date:

1480/90

Artist:

Martin Schongauer
German, c. 1430/50-1491

About this artwork

Schongauer’s heraldic shield series is a study in opposites, depicting a variety of noble men and women, lusty savages, and cloistered maidens. Here appear a wild, forest-dwelling mother and child, both covered in fur. The mother’s floral wreath is almost delicate compared with the windswept concoction worn by Schongauer’s adjacent wild man (1956.917), and her child is too busy suckling to bother with a headpiece. They sit upon a craggy shelf of rock, contrasting with the grassy bench occupied by a civilized lady in another nearby Schongauer print (1944.610).

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Artist

Martin Schongauer

Title

Shield with a Lion's Head, Held by a Wild Woman

Origin

Germany

Date

1480–1490

Medium

Engraving in black on ivory laid paper

Dimensions

78 × 78 mm

Credit Line

Clarence Buckingham Collection

Reference Number

1944.608

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