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Infantry Armor

Date:
ca. 1600
Geography:
Nuremberg
Culture:
German, Nuremberg
Medium:
Steel, leather
Dimensions:
H. 49 1/14 in. (125 cm)
Classification:
Armor for Man-1/2 Armor
Credit Line:
Gift of William H. Riggs, 1913
Accession Number:
14.25.720
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 371
The armorers of Nuremberg were famous for their ability to produce large quantities of plate armor relatively quickly. In the second half of the sixteenth century, they specialized in making high-quality infantry armors with simple but bold decoration in the form of bright bands that contrast with the black-painted surfaces. This late example is typical of these armors for its open-faced helmet (burgonet) and plates covering only the upper half of the arms, the torso, and the legs from the hips to the knees. The blackened surfaces presumably rendered the armor less susceptible to rust, so that it required little maintenance.
Marking: On the breastplate: the Nuremberg guild mark.
Ex. coll.: G. F. Geuder, Nuremberg; Costantino Ressman; William H. Riggs.
Nickel, Helmut. Ullstein-Waffenbuch: Eine Kulturhistorische Waffenkunde mit Markenverzeichnis. Berlin: Ullstein, 1974. p. 123, ill.



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