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Pavisa (escudo de asedio) pintada con las armas de Austria. Siglo XV.

Pavisa (escudo de asedio) pintada con las armas de Austria. Siglo XV.

Shields of this size, called "Pavise", were for foot warriors; smaller ones were also used by horsemen. Prague and Komotau were known as the production sites for the splendidly painted Bohemian Paveses.

Shields of this size, called "Pavise", were for foot warriors; smaller ones were also used by horsemen. Prague and Komotau were known as the production sites for the splendidly painted Bohemian Paveses.

Archer's Shield (Pavise), probably Bohemian (Chomutov), ca 1440  -- "This example is painted in the center with a crown surmounted by three ostrich feathers, a badge of the kings of Bohemia. Below this is the letter Y on a radiant cloud, possibly the monogram for Yhesus (Jesus). At the top is the coat of arms of the Saxon city of Zwickau (a red shield with three white swans), which was added to the shield at a later date."

Archer's Shield (Pavise), probably Bohemian (Chomutov), ca 1440 -- "This example is painted in the center with a crown surmounted by three ostrich feathers, a badge of the kings of Bohemia. Below this is the letter Y on a radiant cloud, possibly the monogram for Yhesus (Jesus). At the top is the coat of arms of the Saxon city of Zwickau (a red shield with three white swans), which was added to the shield at a later date."

Tartsche (Schild). Für Schwertfechter. Holz leicht gewölbt. Wohl Beutestück aus dem Schwabenkrieg 1499 (Targe (shield). For swordsman. Wood slightly arched. Good piece of loot from the Swabian War in 1499) --fin de notice?et double?: Tartsche (Schild). Für Schwertfechter. Holz leicht gewölbt. Wohl Beutestück aus dem Schwabenkrieg 1499. Holz, überzogen;; : Schweinsleder, bemalt;; : Leinwand, bemalt. Um 1500. Herkunft: Zürich (ZH), Zeughaus. Masse: Länge 60 cm, Breite 45 cm, Tiefe 0.8 cm…

Tartsche (Schild). Für Schwertfechter. Holz leicht gewölbt. Wohl Beutestück aus dem Schwabenkrieg 1499 (Targe (shield). For swordsman. Wood slightly arched. Good piece of loot from the Swabian War in 1499) --fin de notice?et double?: Tartsche (Schild). Für Schwertfechter. Holz leicht gewölbt. Wohl Beutestück aus dem Schwabenkrieg 1499. Holz, überzogen;; : Schweinsleder, bemalt;; : Leinwand, bemalt. Um 1500. Herkunft: Zürich (ZH), Zeughaus. Masse: Länge 60 cm, Breite 45 cm, Tiefe 0.8 cm…

Parade shield, Florence, Italy, 1350-1450 -- Painted and gilt gesso over wood -- Coat of arms of the Villani family of Florence. The shield is for display rather than protection. For much of the 1400s various mercantile families vied with each other for supremacy in Florence. The shield serves to emphasise the importance of this particular family who had made their money in the 1300s in the wool trade

Parade shield, Florence, Italy, 1350-1450 -- Painted and gilt gesso over wood -- Coat of arms of the Villani family of Florence. The shield is for display rather than protection. For much of the 1400s various mercantile families vied with each other for supremacy in Florence. The shield serves to emphasise the importance of this particular family who had made their money in the 1300s in the wool trade

Rare vintage photograph of an onna-bugeisha, one of the female warriors of the upper social classes in feudal Japan (emerged before Samurai)

Rare vintage photograph of an onna-bugeisha, one of the female warriors of the upper social classes in feudal Japan (emerged before Samurai)

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