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Archer's Pavise: M.20-1943

Object information

Titles

Archer's Pavise

Maker(s)

Unknown (Production)

Description

Wood covered with canvas and painted. Slightly wider at bottom than at top, with rounded corners at top. The corners at bottom have been damaged. Square beak at top, cut away to a point below. Flat vertical gutter with sloping sides, down the middle. Painted with St. George and the Dragon. In the border of each corner at the top is a rose in splendour. On the back is a central leather (?) hand-grip which splays out into four ends each attached to the pavise by 3 nails. There is a metal cross-bar at top and a cross-bar of the same material as the hand-grip below the grip. There are four staples and a place for a fifth.

Notes

History note: A.W. Cox from whom purchased with the F. Leverton Harris Fund.

Legal notes

Purchased with the Leverton Harris Fund

Measurements and weight

Height: 113 cm

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bought (1943-11-06) by Cox, A.W.

Dating

Late 15th century
Circa 1450 CE - 1500 CE

Note

The pavise, a large shield, was used by archers or crossbowmen to shelter behind and reload their weapons when attacking the enemy. They were carried into position on the battlefield and then set down and propped up with an iron bar attached to the back of the shield. They could be used on their own or used to make a defensive wall behind which the archers could loose off their arrows and bolts. They are made of wood covered in skin, hide, canvas or similar and were often decorated, usually with the arms of the lord or commander, though here with Saint George and the dragon.

School or Style

Gothic Medieval

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Hand-grip composed of leather ( uncertain) Part composed of wood (plant material) Decoration composed of paint Covering composed of canvas Bottom Width 66 cm

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: M.20-1943
Primary reference Number: 18716
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 13 April 2021 Last processed: Wednesday 14 April 2021

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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