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Zischägge (Helmet) and Cuirass of Emperor Ferdinand II

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

Date:

c. 1620

Artist:

South German

About this artwork

The design of this armor follows an eastern European fashion for lighter-equipped cavalry. Its considerable thickness and weight (about 25 pounds) were meant to protect the wearer’s vitals from the deadly threat of firearms.

This armor, however, did not belong to any ordinary cavalryman, but to Holy Roman Emperor Ferdinand II. Ferdinand ruled during the turmoil of the Thirty Years’ War (1618–48), which devastated much of central Europe. Asserting the authority of the Habsburg dynasty, the etched and gilt decoration on the breastplate depicts two of the emperor’s great forebears, Maximilian I on the right and Charles V on the left.

Status

On View, Gallery 239

Department

Applied Arts of Europe

Title

Zischägge (Helmet) and Cuirass of Emperor Ferdinand II

Origin

Southern Germany

Date

1610–1630

Medium

steel, gilding, brass, and leather

Dimensions

Helmet H. 41.7 cm (16 3/8 in.) Cuirass H. 43.8 cm (17 1/4 in.)

Credit Line

George F. Harding Collection

Reference Number

1982.2239a-c

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