Etched and gilded steel with brass rivets
Diameter: 57.8 cm (22 3/4 in.)
Weight: 4.1 kg (9.04 lbs.)
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. John L. Severance 1916.1504
The escutcheons, or small shields radiating around the center, contain scenes of mythical combat; during the Renaissance there was often a preoccupation with the antique world.
Highly decorated circular shields like this one were a specialty of the city of Milan. This shield would have originally belonged to an armor that would have been decorated to match - with radiating etched bands of classical warriors and trophies.
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