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Pair of Gauntlets

Date:
ca. 1585
Geography:
Milan
Culture:
Italian, Milan
Medium:
Steel, gold, silver, leather
Dimensions:
L. of each 9 1/4 in. (23.5 cm); W. of each 3 3/4 in. (9.53 cm)
Classification:
Armor Parts-Gauntlets
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1904
Accession Number:
04.3.34–.35
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 374
These small gauntlets belong to an armor for foot tournament made for the seven-year-old heir to the Spanish throne, the future Philip III (1578–1621, king from 1598). The decoration is typically Milanese, with bands of chiseled and gold-damascened trophy and grotesque ornament outlined with silver dots. A figure of Mars, god of war, is seen at the top of each cuff.
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