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Name of Object:

Moorish shield (adarga)

Location:

Vienna, Austria

Holding Museum:

Kunsthistorisches Museum

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Date of Object:

Hegira before 897 / AD before 1492

Museum Inventory Number:

HJRK_C_195

Material(s) / Technique(s):

Natural coloured calf leather, coloured silk embroidery

Period / Dynasty

Nasrid

Provenance:

Spain

Description:

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.

Citation of this web page:

 "Moorish shield (adarga)" in Explore Islamic Art Collections. Museum With No Frontiers, 2017. http://www.discoverislamicart.org/database_item.php?id=object;EPM;at;Mus22;25;en

MWNF Working Number: AT2 25

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Nasrids


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