Armor for the Field and Tourney

A work made of steel, brass, traces of gilding, leather, and velvet textile.
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  • A work made of steel, brass, traces of gilding, leather, and velvet textile.

Date:

1560/70

Artist:

South German or Austrian (Probably Innsbruck)

About this artwork

This Augsburg armor is rare in that all of the pieces are original and belong to the same garniture. The elements have alternate polished areas and etched bands enclosing strap work and arabesque grounds; the etched bands were originally gilded, but only traces of the gilding remain. This is a complete armor for a mounted knight or a high-ranking heavy cavalryman who was fully suited in plate armor, including a close helmet, neck defense (gorget), shoulder and arm defenses (pauldrons, vambraces, and gauntlets), cuirass with tassets and lance rest, and leg defenses (cuisses with poleyns, and greaves with sabatons). When the etched bands retained the original gilding, it would have been visually striking.

On View

Arms, Armor, Medieval, and Renaissance, Gallery 239

Title

Armor for the Field and Tourney

Origin

Innsbruck

Date

1560–1570

Medium

Steel, brass, traces of gilding, leather, and velvet textile

Dimensions

H. 188 cm (74 in.)

Credit Line

George F. Harding Collection

Reference Number

1982.2107a-p

Extended information about this artwork

Object information is a work in progress and may be updated as new research findings emerge. To help improve this record, please email .

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