The Bavia Adarga Shield

Catalog #144

Mexican Painted Hide Shield (Adarga)

Painted with an Eagle holding a Snake in his mouth

The Bavia Presidio housed the Mexican Soldiers that fought at the Alamo

There are probably less than 3 dozen Spanish Adargas know in institutions. As far as we know this is the only known painted example that is purely Mexican and the only one we know of in private hands.

Officially designated the Presidio of San Antonio Bucareli de la Babia, La Bavia Presidio had responsibility for protecting and defending the territory directly south of the Nueces. It was also the base of operations for the Mexican soldiers that fought at the Alamo.


Currently on exhibit at the Bullock Museum of Texas History in Austin, Tx.