Object Title

Pavise - Pavise shield

Pavise - Pavise shield



Object Number



Originates in Zwickau. Pre-1916, Old Tower Collection

Physical Description

Of wood covered with gesso and painted. Rectangular with a rounded medial ridge. Painted with a central panel containing an armoured figure holding a lance with a pennon, bordered with an (unread) band of Gothic minuscule. At the top is the arms of Zwickau, gules three swans argent. The grip is missing but several fragments of the carrying straps survive.


OverallLength580 mm
OverallWeight4.14 kg
OverallWidth432 mm


Places Bohemia

Bibliographic References

A.R. Dufty and W. Reid, European Armour in the Tower of London, 1968, plate CXXXVI.

C. Paggiarino, The Royal Armouries, masterpieces of medieval and renaissance arms and armour, Milan, 2011, volume 1