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Pavise with the Arms of Winterthur and Saint George

A work made of wood, leather, pigskin, iron, gesso, and pigment.
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  • A work made of wood, leather, pigskin, iron, gesso, and pigment.

Date:

c. 1440—c.1460

Artist:

Swiss; Winterthur

About this artwork

Units of crossbowmen used shields or pavises like this example to form a wall of protection while loading and aiming their crossbows. This pavise is part of a group that survived in the arsenal of the Swiss city of Winterthur.

Pavises were the product of specialized shield makers who made the wooden forms and covered them in layers of animal-skin glue, canvas, and leather. Painters then added the colorful front-facing layer with the coat-of-arms of the city of Winterthur (on the left) and Saint George (on the right).

Status

On View, Gallery 239

Department

Applied Arts of Europe

Title

Pavise with the Arms of Winterthur and Saint George

Origin

Winterthur

Date

Made 1420–1480

Medium

Wood, leather, pigskin, iron, gesso, and pigment

Dimensions

112.7 × 43.2 cm (45 3/8 × 17 in.) Wt. 12 lb. 12 oz.

Credit Line

George F. Harding Collection

Reference Number

1982.2255

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