A photograph of a shield and axe in the blacksmith’s workshop at the Balingup Medieval Carnivale. The shield is reminiscent of one found in the river Thames at Battersea, London. The shield is from pre-Roman Britain and is one of the best examples of British, or Celtic, art. Its appearance at a medieval carnival is perhaps an example of how almost anything from the pre-Modern era is part of an imagined medieval past. The original can be seen in the British Museum.
For information on the original shield see http://www.britishmuseum.org/explore/highlights/highlight_objects/pe_prb/t/the_battersea_shield.aspx