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Buckler with complex iron fittings
Date: 15-16th century?
Total diameter: 38 cm
Total thickness: 1.03 cm
Collection: Medieval, National Museum of Denmark
This model is that of a small, center-gripped shields called a buckler. The two bucklers in the collection of the National Museum of Denmark stem from Norway and were given as gifts in 1813 by Skule Thorlacius. The body of this buckler is composed of a single piece of wood and reinforced with a boss, rim and various fittings of iron. The buckler is equipped with a series of complex fittings, consisting of, among other things, eight St. Julian’s crosses and sixteen serpent-like figures which serve as its rim. The boss itself is equipped with a flange with an elevated ridge and is adorned on the lower part of the dome with metal inlay consisting of a band of ornamental diagonal lines. Several indentations on the dome and flange of the boss may be interpreted as evidence of combative use.
Extended description: http://combatarchaeology.org/arms-and-armour-in-3d-2-bucklers/