Hungarian Shield with Crow and Sun, late 15th Century

Front of a Hungarian Shield with Crow and Sun

Back of a Hungarian Shield with Crow and Sun

Grip of a Hungarian Shield with Crow and Sun
Source: British Museum, London
Museum number: 1881,0802.138
Description: Hussar shield, rectangular with a rounded-off upper right corner and of rounded horizontal section. It is made of wood, the exterior covered with gesso and painted vermillion with a white border decorated with a geometrical vegetal scroll, across the centre is a white band. It is painted with an inescutcheon of vermillion with a black sun with gold rays, a continuation of the white band and crest in the form of a crow in black with white flashes standing on a black scroll. The inside is painted white with a vermillion border and black spiral scrolls outlined in vermillion. At the front are two original buff leather straps joined by a spirally-bound leather thong forming the front hand-grip. At the centre rear is another nail retaining the base of two buff leather straps. Above the lower hand-grip are two additional nails for straps, now lost. Each of these nails originally had a large triangular washer on the outside, all but one of which survive.
Date: 15thC (late)
Made in: Hungary
Materials: wood, metal, gesso
Dimensions: Height: 77.2 centimetres (Highest point) Width: 52 centimetres Weight: 3070 grams

See also the Shields of the 'Sleeping Guards at the Sepulchre', Hronský Beňadik Church, 1470s, portrayed as Hungarian Heavy Infantry
16th Century Hungarian Shields
Other Illustrations of Hungarian Costume & Soldiers
15th century illustrations of Costume & Soldiers