Thursday, February 25, 2010

15th Century Shield Construction

Later damage to this 15th century shield at the Musée national du Moyen Âge, also known as the Musee Cluny, reveals its multilayer construction. The inner layer is wood, with a visibly beveled edge. Canvas or similar fabric forms another layer. The outermost layer or layers are composed of gesso, and possibly parchment or rawhide beneath that.

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