Two Ear Guards from a Shaffron (Horse's Head Defense) of Emperor Charles V (1500–1558)
Attributed to Desiderius Helmschmid (German, Augsburg, 1513–1579)
20.151.7; H. 5 3/8 in. (13.7 cm); W. 2 3/4 in. (7 cm), Wt. 2 oz. (47 g); 20.151.8; H. 5 1/4 in. (13.3 cm); W. 2 7/8 in. (7.3 cm), Wt. 2 oz. (51 g)
Rogers Fund, 1920
Not on view
These detached ear guards belong to a shaffron from the most famous of Charles V's (1500–1558) armors, the so-called Mühlberg garniture (after the Battle of Mühlberg––April 24, 1547––at which the emperor wore parts of that armor). Dated 1544, the large garniture consists of several hundred elements, including six shaffrons.
Ex coll.: Emperor Charles V and thereafter the Spanish Royal collections; Real Armería, Madrid, Guy F. Laking, London
Pyhrr, Stuart W., Donald J. La Rocca, and Dirk H. Breiding. The Armored Horse in Europe, 1480–1620. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2005. p. 46. no. 15, ill.