Field Armor

A work made of steel and leather.
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  • A work made of steel and leather.

Date:

1510/70

Artist:

German, Augsburg

About this artwork

Skillfully forged of steel, this composite armor achieves its beauty with the simple elegance of its austere lines and form rather than its surface decoration. The armor was expertly crafted for protection: the smooth, rounded shape, breastplate, and heavy roping (turned edge etched with lines) at the upper edge of the breastplate functioned to deflect sword thrusts and glancing blows. Thick roping on the gauntlet knuckles acted as added protection. The helmet, with its smooth, rounded form, was shaped to deflect downward blows away from the head. The bracket attached to the right breastplate is called the lance rest, a shock-absorbing support designed to hold the lance when it was couched under the right armpit.

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Arms, Armor, Medieval, and Renaissance

Title

Field Armor

Origin

Augsburg

Date

1510–1570

Medium

Steel and leather

Dimensions

H. 182.9 cm (72 in.)

Credit Line

George F. Harding Collection

Reference Number

1982.2104a-j

Extended information about this artwork

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