Pikeman Armor for an Officer

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

Date:

1625/30

Artist:

English, Greenwich

About this artwork

Half armor was worn by both foot soldiers and light cavalrymen. English Pikemen were infantrymen (foot soldiers) so named for their principal weapon, the pike, a staff that measured 16 to 20 feet in length. Abundantly studded with steel brass-capped rivets within embossed V-shaped motifs, a pikeman’s armor included a helmet (pott), cuirass (breastplate and backplate), gorget (collar), and tassets (riveted steel skirt plates attached to the breastplate). For protection, the down-turned, wide-brimmed pott was originally designed to deflect arrows away from the neck, while the tassets shielded the waist and upper thighs. The patterned breastplate with bulbous tassets reflects the style of a doublet, with a wide full skirt over bulky trousers, which was fashionable at this time. The shoulder strap reinforcement and tasset hinges suggest that this harness belonged to an officer of the English Pikemen or even a member of the English royal bodyguard—the Yeomen of the Guard.

On View

Arms, Armor, Medieval, and Renaissance, Gallery 239

Title

Pikeman Armor for an Officer

Origin

Greenwich

Date

1625–1630

Medium

Steel, brass, and leather

Dimensions

H. 94 cm (37 in.) Weight: 23 lb. 6 oz.

Credit Line

George F. Harding Collection

Reference Number

1982.2177a-f

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