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Moorish shield (adarga)
Hegira before 897 / AD before 1492
Natural coloured calf leather, coloured silk embroidery
The shape of this shield is derived from North African and Moorish models. The name of this kidney-shaped shield also informed the name of an oval shield popular in the Occident, the Tartsche. The adarga is covered with colourful silk embroidery, suggesting a high-ranking owner. The shield now in Vienna probably entered the Habsburg collections when Juana I of Castile (1479–1555) married Philip I (Philip the Handsome) (1478–1506). In the late 16th century the shield was in the collection of Archduke Ferdinand II (1529–95) at Ambras Castle near Innsbruck.
"Moorish shield (adarga)" in Explore Islamic Art Collections. Museum With No Frontiers, 2018. http://www.discoverislamicart.org/database_item.php?id=object;EPM;at;Mus22;25;en
MWNF Working Number: AT2 25