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Horseman's Shield (Targe)

Date:
early 15th century
Culture:
probably Austrian
Medium:
Wood, leather, gesso, silver, paint
Dimensions:
H. 26 11/16 in. (67.9 cm); W. 21 3/16 in. (53.9 cm)
Classification:
Shields
Credit Line:
Gift of Clarence H. Mackay, 1930
Accession Number:
30.101
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 370
The notch at the upper left served to support the lance of a charging knight. The coat of arms is thought to belong to either the von Meissau or the Eglauer family, both of Austria. On the banderoles is the defiant motto IO HARR · LAS UBER GAN (possibly, "Just wait. You'll be beaten"). Part of the motto, IO HARR, is repeated around the border. The shield comes from Reifenstein castle, in the Austrian Tirol. The castle was owned by the religious, military order known as the Teutonic Knights.
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