L. of each 9 1/4 in. (23.5 cm); W. of each 3 3/4 in. (9.53 cm)
Rogers Fund, 1904
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.
Ex. coll.: Maurice de Talleyrand-Périgord, Duc de Dino, Paris.