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Reinforcing Plates of Armor for the Tilt

Date:
dated 1551
Geography:
Innsbruck
Culture:
Austrian, Innsbruck
Medium:
Steel
Dimensions:
grandguard (21.138.2): L. 12 3/4 in. (32.39 cm); W. 14 1/8 in. (35.86 cm); Wt. 4 lb. 4 oz. (1928 g); tilting buffe (21.138.3): L. 15 in. (38.1 cm); W. 9 3/4 in. (24.77 cm); Wt. 4 lb.11 oz. (2126 g); elbow guard (21.138.4): L. 10 3/4 in. (27.31 cm); W. 7 7/8 in. (19.99 cm); Wt. 2 lb. 13 oz. (1276 g); bridle gauntlet (21.138.5): L. 11 5/8 in. (29.5 cm); W. 8 1/4 in. (21.0 cm); Wt. 1 lb. 10 oz. (737.1 g)
Classification:
Armor Parts
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1921
Accession Number:
21.138.2–.5
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 371
For the joust, or tilt, in the Italian fashion, the grandguard protecting the upper left chest and neck was close-fitting in contrast to the German use of a projecting tilt targe (cape-like defense for the left shoulder) screwed directly to the breastplate. The etched decoration, consisting of lush foliate scrolls and dragons on a recessed black ground, is characteristic of Innsbruck armors of the period.
Inscription: In cartouche on the lower part of the buffe: the date 1551.
Ex. coll.: John Beardmore, Uplands, near Fareham, Hampshire, England; Morgan S. Williams, St. Donat's Castle, Llantwit Major, Glamorgan.
Hagerstown. Washington County Museum of Fine Arts. "Loan Exhibition of Medieval and Renaissance Arms and Armor from the Metropolitan Museum of Art," February 27–March 31, 1955, no. 17.

Newark. Newark Museum Association. "Loan Exhibition of Medieval and Renaissance Arms and Armor from the Metropolitan Museum of Art," May 15–September 15, 1955, no. 17.

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