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Elements of a Half Armor for Foot Tournament at the Barriers

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

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


c. 1590


South German; Augsburg

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The girth of this half armor was tailored to fit a large adult for use in a foot tournament. In this engagement participants hit each other with blunted swords or pikes. Strikes below the waist were prohibited, and a barrier protected the lower body. A now lost helmet and pair of gauntlets would have completed this armor.


On View, Gallery 239


Applied Arts of Europe


Elements of a Half Armor for Foot Tournament at the Barriers


Augsburg (Object made in)

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Steel, brass, and leather


H.: 142.2 cm (56 in.)

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George F. Harding Collection

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