A trophy is an architectural ornament representing a group of weapons, banners and armour. Similar decorative vertical arrangements of hunting accessories, musical instruments or other objects are also commonly referred to as trophies.
The use of trophies as an architectural element started becoming popular during the baroque era, being either depicted as sculptures on gates to castles, as ornaments on victory monuments, or in a more two-dimensional stylised form on walls or even indoors in rooms.
- Osborne, Harold, The Oxford Companion to Art, Oxford, Clarendon Press, 1990, p. 1161-2
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