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Infantry Armor

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

Date:

1510/15

Artist:

German, possibly Cologne

About this artwork

Infantry armors like this example were produced in quantities to outfit German mercenaries known as Landsknechte, who dominated battlefields in the early 16th century. As professional soldiers, these men were expected to equip themselves within their means. Answering the demand, armorers manufactured harnesses like this on spec rather than for a specific client. The breastplate, backplate, and splinted arms are adjustable and were designed to fit a common-sized soldier. Nevertheless, even as a piece of medium-quality armor, this harness is embellished with fashionable flutes and ripples.

Status

On View, Gallery 239

Department

Applied Arts of Europe

Title

Infantry Armor

Place

Cologne (Object made in)

Date

1500–1525

Medium

Steel and leather

Dimensions

H. 137.2 cm (54 in.)

Credit Line

George F. Harding Collection

Reference Number

1982.2427a-f

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