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Armored Skirt (Base)

Attributed to Konrad Seusenhofer (Austrian, Innsbruck, died 1517)
ca. 1510–15
Austrian, Innsbruck
Steel, gold
D. 1/16 in. (0.2 cm); Wt. 12 lb. 14 oz. (5840 g)
Armor for Man
Credit Line:
Gift of William H. Riggs, 1913
Accession Number:
14.25.790a, b
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 374
The base was an imitation in steel of the cloth skirt that was sometimes worn over armor. The deep, arched cutouts in front and back allowed the wearer to sit on horseback; the close-set holes along these openings were for the attachment of textile decoration, probably fringe. The etching imitates the elaborate embroidery and cut velvet of fashionable court costume. Skirts of this type were a specialty of the imperial armor workshop in Innsbruck under the direction of Konrad Seusenhofer.
William H. Riggs, Paris (until 1913; his gift to MMA).
Innsbruck. Tiroler Landesmuseum Ferdinandeum. "Die Innsbrucker Plattnerkunst," June 26–September 30, 1954.

Grancsay, Stephen V. "The Mutual Influence of Costume and Armor: A Study of Specimens in the Metropolitan Museum of Art." Metropolitan Museum Studies 3, no. 2 (June 1931).

Blair, Claude. "The Emperor Maximilian's Gift armour to King Henry VIII and the Silvered and Engraved Armour at the Tower of London." Archaeologia, or, Miscellaneous Tracts Relating to Antiquity 99 (1965). pp. 20, 32–33, pl. V (c).

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