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Historical Archive: Shields and Armor 12th century to present

See also representations of Heraldic Shields.


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Military saints with spears and shields, Byzantine schist icon, 11th-13th c., Cluny Cl.21602
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Crucifixion and Lamentation, Byzantine steatite, 12th c., Hermitage
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right roundel: Lisbjerg Altar frontal/retable/arch c.1135-50, gilded copper, NMD D287. This work has its own page.
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Seal of William, count of Nevers (modern cast), 1140. AN D859
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Seal of Raoul, count of Vermandois (modern cast), c. 1146. AN D1010
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Stavelot altar, gilt bronze with enamel and rock crystal, c.1150-60, MRAH 1590. This work has its own page with additional examples.
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Stavelot Triptych, Mosan, c.1156-58, Morgan AZ001, which has its own page.
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Seal of Pierre de Courtenai (modern cast), count of Nevers, 1184. AN D863
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candle-stick in the form of a mounted knight, Lotharingia? late 12th c., KGM 85.56
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candle-stick in the form of a mounted knight, Lotharingia? late 12th c., KGM 85.56
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Mina'i ware beaker with Shahnama story, Iran late 12th c., Freer F1928.2. This work has its own page.
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buckle with fighting knights from Kígyóspuszta (Hungary), gold and niello, 13th c., HNM
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candle-stick in the form of a mounted knight from Mühlhausen/Thuringia, Niedersachsen? 13th c., KGM F139
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candle holder in the form of a dragon eating a knight, bronze? early 13th c., Niedersachsen, WLM
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candle holder in the form of a dragon eating a knight, bronze? early 13th c., Niedersachsen, WLM
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equestrian seal of William Fitzhamor, jet intaglio, English early 13th c., BM 1978,1-2,1
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John the Baptist in prison, mosaic c.1240-1310, Baptistery of St. John, Florence. This work has its own pages.
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Holofernes' army devastating the vineyards outside Damascus, stained glass from the Sainte Chapelle, Paris, 1241/43-48, PMA 1930-24-2
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Holofernes' army crossing the Euphrates, stained glass from the Sainte Chapelle, Paris, 1246-48, PMA 1930-24-3
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knight or saint: glass water bottle in the shape of pilgrim's flask, Syria c.1250-60, BM 1869,0120.3. This work has its own page.
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Virgin and Child reliquary predella, Coppo di Marcovaldo c.1270-80, Santa Maria Maggiore, Florence. This work has its own page.
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St. Peter altarpiece, Saint Peter Master or Guido da Siena/Guido di Graziano, 1280s. SPN 15. This work has its own page.
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Charles of Anjou (1227-85), marble monument 1326, Saint-Denis basilica. This work has its own page.
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center figure in lamellar armor: Muhammad ibn al-Zayn, Baptistère de Saint Louis, Egypt or Syria c.1330-40, Louvre LP16. This work has its own page.
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Crucifixion and Resurrection, France c.1350-1400, ivory, loan to UMMA from Met 1917,17.190.200. For full diptych see UMMA.
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Life of St. Martin of Tours, embroidered altar frontal, 2nd half of 14th c., MRAH. This work has its own page.
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Arezzo, San Francesco: St. Michael and the Rebel Angels fresco, Spinello Aretino (1350-1453)
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Bernat Martorell, St. George, Spain 1434-35, tempera on panel, AIC 1933.786. This work has its own page.
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donor Rodolphe Asperlin, 1434-37, Sion, Valère basilica, which has its own interior page with another view and architectural context
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Baptistery, cathedral of Padua, 1376 frescoes: Giusto de' Menabuoi. This work has its own pages.
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Wood chest with tournament, 15th-c. France, Cluny Cl.8919. For another view see Cluny.
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Betrayal of Christ, alabaster with polychrome and gilding, England c.1450-1500, loan to UMMA from Met 1948,48.175.1. This work has its own page.
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Saint Florian, linden wood, Austria c.1475-1500, Cluny Cl.16803. For another view see Cluny.
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Archangel Michael, limestone, France c.1500, Glencairn Museum loaned to PMA. This object has its own page.
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St. George and the dragon, marble, Michel Colombe 1509-10, Louvre MR 1645. This work has its own page.
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Saint Adrian of Nicomedia, wood and polychrome, Flemish c.1515, IMA 45.8. For other views see IMA.
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Charlemagne gives his sword and orb to a king of France under the auspices of a Benedictine monk of St-Denis, oil on canvas, 17th c., MAHSD 83.13.01
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Welcome glass (Humpen) of Thomas v. Sanitz zu Brausfelde Erbesessin, enameled glass, Germany 1616, CMA 1948.233
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powder horn of Henry IV of France, antler and iron, early 17th c. France, Louvre inv. P480 503 B. For another view see Louvre.
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Battle of the Milvian Bridge, Andrea Camassei (1602/49), Lateran Baptistery narthex, Rome, which has its own interior page.
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Altar of St. Charlemagne, retable Hans Ludolff 1655, Sion, Valère basilica, which has its own interior page
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Resurrection of Christ, tin-glazed earthenware, Utrecht or Rotterdam 1800-50, PMA 1992-6-2a--l
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Resurrection of Christ, tin-glazed earthenware, Utrecht or Rotterdam 1800-50, PMA 1992-6-2a--l
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Joan of Arc (Jeanne d'Arc), molded glass bottle, Verreries Legras (estab. 1869), MAHSD Na 4348. For additional views see Saint Denis Museum.
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Imperial Germany postage stamp, Germania wearing the 1871 crown, with diagonal grid watermark, 1902-1919, p.c. For reverse see Private Collections.
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miracles of St. Thomas, Samuel Caldwell Jr. 1919-49: Canterbury cathedral, which has its own glass page.
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miracles of St. Thomas, Samuel Caldwell Jr. 1919-49: Canterbury cathedral, which has its own glass page.