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Shield with a Greyhound, Held by a Wild Man

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.




Martin Schongauer
German, c. 1430/50-1491

About this artwork

In medieval Europe, the threat of a wild man hungry for tender flesh was often used by parents to keep misbehaving children in line. By the end of the 15th century, with the rise of crowded urban centers, the legend of wild men and women living in the deepest forests gained a new attraction, as these fantastical beings were said to possess unusual strength and practice a sexuality free from societal norms. The influential and prolific engraver Martin Schongauer was occasionally commissioned by affluent patrons to create engraved coats of arms boasting shields proffered by such figures. Cudgel in hand, these hirsute heroes may have been intended to emphasize the fecundity and strength of the family line.


On View, Gallery 238


Prints and Drawings


Martin Schongauer


Shield with a Greyhound, Held by a Wild Man


Germany (Artist's nationality)


Artist's working dates 1450–1491


Engraving in black on ivory laid paper


Diameter 78 mm (image) 80 mm (sheet trimmed within platemark)

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Clarence Buckingham Collection

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