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Kanjar (pug)
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Japanese armor of the Do-Maru type
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Etienne Delaune - Parade plaque of Henry II of France
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Pompeo della Cesa - Corsaletto
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Horse headboard
Kanjar (pug)
Japanese armor of the Do-Maru type
Etienne Delaune - Parade plaque of Henry II of France
Pompeo della Cesa - Corsaletto
Horse headboard

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The shield comes from the collection of Prince Eugene of Savoy Soissons. In the center, five medallions, linked by a band that continues on the edge, tell the story of Jugurta, king of Numidia, and the conflict that opposed him to the Romans (112-105 BC). In the largest plaque, Mario's victory over the African king is represented. The remaining space is occupied by telamons, ancient figures, grotesque masks, trophies of arms and prisons. Long Latin inscriptions explain the meaning of the story. Due to its fine workmanship, the plaque was long attributed to Benvenuto Cellini or Giulio Romano. On the other hand, the reference to the graphic models of Etienne Delaune (1518 / 1519-1583), who worked at the court of Henry II of France (referred to on the crescent shield, his insignia), is more pertinent, as well as to the models of the Italian Mannerist culture.

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