A GERMAN HAND-PAVISE
Late 15th/early 16th Century
Oblong with rounded corners and with a broad central gutter, of wood lined with hide, the front covered with gesso painted with a black eagle displayed charged on the breast with a white and black lozengy shield, all against an ochre ground covered with lighter dots and with a red border at the top, the interior with original iron suspension staples and T-shaped wood and leather hand grip (perhaps later) held by modern screws
27 in. (69.9 cm.) high
Rothschild inv. no. LR346.
O. Gamber and C. Beaufort, Kunsthistorisches Museum, Wien. Katalog der Leibrstkammer, I, Busto Arsizio, 1990, p. 199.
Vienna, Kunsthistorisches Museum, inv. no. A 2286, from 1967.
The arms are those of the Bavarian town of Schongau.