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Three-Quarter Field Armor of Anime Construction

A work made of steel and leather.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of steel and leather.

Date:

c. 1560

Artist:

Michel Witz the Younger (Austrian, active 1525—60)
Innsbruck

About this artwork

This armor is complete with a breast and backplate called an anime that is entirely composed of overlapping segments (lames) held together by rivets and internal leather bands. During the mid-16th century a new form of lightly armored horseman developed, armed with pistols rather than the traditional lance. These cavalrymen often favored this segmented design as it offered more flexibility across the chest to ride comfortably and reload their weapons. An open-faced helmet also helped aiming. The spiked bar defense protected against sword cuts across the face.

On View

Applied Arts of Europe, Gallery 239

Artist

Workshop of Michel Witz, the Younger

Title

Three-Quarter Field Armor of Anime Construction

Origin

Innsbruck

Date

1550–1570

Medium

Steel and leather

Dimensions

H. 124.46 cm (49 in.)

Credit Line

George F. Harding Collection

Reference Number

1982.2176a-m

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