Armor for Field and Tournament

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

Date:

About 1540/60 with later etching

Artist:

Jörg T. Sorg, the Younger, after
German, Augsburg, active 1502-1542

About this artwork

The growing relationship between armor and costume in the 16th century is indicated in the delicately incised and etched center band with scalloped edge on this armor, which mimics the embroidered front closing of a contemporary male doublet (a close-fitted bodice). The particularly fine decoration of etched floral arabesques suggests the workmanship of the Augsburg armory, perhaps of Jörg T. Sorg. The elements of this armor are from the same garniture—multiple matching pieces of armor that could convert a basic suit into various field or sporting armors. Perforations on the breastplate are for bolting a shock-absorbing lance rest in place and reinforcing plate armor for sporting events. When approaching an opponent, the latch door on the helmet would be closed for protection, whereas in more casual times, the door would be opened for air circulation.

On View

Arms, Armor, Medieval, and Renaissance, Gallery 239

Artist

Jörg T. Sorg, the Younger

Title

Armor for Field and Tournament

Origin

Augsburg

Date

1530–1570

Medium

Steel with gilding, iron, brass, leather, and cord

Dimensions

H. 185.4 cm (73 in.)

Credit Line

George F. Harding Collection

Reference Number

1982.2411a-r

Extended information about this artwork

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