• Pageant Shield

    Technique:
    blued and damascened with gold and silver
    Dimensions:
    diam. 59 cm

Pageant Shield

Italy, mid-16th century

This rondache or a buckler was typical of European military ware of the 16th century, although its decoration suggests that it was for official rather than military purposes. The decoration on the shield reflects a worthy embodiment of Milan?s famous armoury traditions: using a complex technique of fine gold and silver inlay on a background of blued steel, the author, who was probably attached to a workshop of armourers from the Piccinino family, created a complex narrative composition telling the famous story of one of the Vestal Virgins.

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Pageant Shield

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blued and damascened with gold and silver

Dimensions:

diam. 59 cm

Acquisition date:

Entered the Hermitage in 1837; acquired from the antique dealer P.Z. Lherie, Paris

Inventory Number:

З.О.-6145

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