A shield was an instrument of defense, carried in hand, and used to protect an individual by intercepting attacks from hand held weapons, such as swords.
After Spock, Doctor McCoy, and Captain Kirk had saved the life of Parmen during an away mission to Platonius, Kirk was awarded a shield originally carried by Pericles by the grateful Platonians. (TOS: "Plato's Stepchildren")
Shields were also used in defense when Kirk, Spock, and McCoy were forced to fight for a public spectacle around stardate 4041.2. (TOS: "Bread and Circuses")
The Bandi Groppler Zorn had three shields hanging as wall decorations in his office in Old Bandi City on Deneb IV in 2364. (TNG: "Encounter at Farpoint")
A targe was a type of Scottish shield, and Montgomery Scott used one as a wall hanging, along with other Scottish objects.(TOS: "By Any Other Name")
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