Here is a reconstruction of a tournament or funerary shield based on existing shields of the mid-to late 14th and early 15th centuries, such as the funerary shield of Edward of Woodstock (The Black Prince).
The shield’s heraldic charges are raised, meaning three dimensional, using leather and gesso, and then gilded in 23k gold leaf. The field has a blue and gold diapered pattern, with white highlights.
For this project the artist used a birch plywood shield blank, leather, rabbit hide glue, gesso, egg tempera paints, acrylic paint, 23k gold leaf, iron nails, wool felt, and modern spray sealant. The artist crafted the iron nails, egg tempera, gesso (using slaked plaster method), and hide glue, and leather straps, used in the creation of the piece. Some other elements were purchased for the project.
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