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Codpiece

A work made of steel.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of steel.

Date:

1550/70

Artist:

German

About this artwork

Though a strange fashion to us today, the codpiece was commonly used to garb the male groin throughout Europe in the 16th century. In clothing they might be stuffed or used as a pouch or pocket in which items were kept. In steel, they were worn only for use on foot, as they would have caused discomfort when riding, and therefore were designed to be detachable. The spring-loaded pin at the top passed through a hole at the crotch of the breastplate from which it suspended.

Status

On View, Gallery 239

Department

Applied Arts of Europe

Title

Codpiece

Origin

Germany

Date

Made 1550–1570

Medium

Steel

Dimensions

14 × 10.2 cm (5 1/2 × 4 in.); diameter: 7.6 cm (3 in.)

Credit Line

George F. Harding Collection

Reference Number

1982.2690

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