Parade shield

Parade shield

North Italy, c. 1570

  • Year created: c. 1570
  • Creator: Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Country of Origin: North Italy
  • Dimensions: 56.4 cm diameter
  • Weight: 4.18 kg
  • Collection: Arms and Armour
  • Gallery: European Armoury I

A superhero out of Classical mythology, Hercules was famed for his enormous strength. In the second of his legendary twelve labours, he had to kill the Lernaean Hydra, a giant many-headed snake.

This remarkable parade shield is decorated with an vigorous imagining of this episode, with Hercules facing an even more hideous monster – in addition to its reptilian heads, the artist has added a profusion of repulsive crab legs and a whip-like tail growing out of a heavily armoured body.

A330 front, Parade shield
A330, Parade Shield

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