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Pair of Rowel Spurs

ca. 1350
probably Italian
Copper alloy, enamel, gold, glass, glass paste
L. 5 1/4 in. (13.34 cm); spread of sides, 3 1/2 in. (8.89 cm); Wt. 6 oz. (170.1 g)
Equestrian Equipment-Spurs
Credit Line:
Gift of Amory S. Carhart, in memory of his father, Amory S. Carhart, 1926
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 373
Said to have been found in the church of Villandraut, France, in a tomb of the de Goth family.
Marking: In the left arm of the left spur: heraldic shield bearing three fasces on a field within a red border
Louisville. J. B. Speed Art Museum. "A Loan Exhibition of Equestrian Equipment from the Metropolitan Museum of Art," May 4–July 3, 1955.

Dean, Bashford, and The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Catalogue of a Loan Exhibition of Arms and Armor: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, February the Sixth to April the Sixteenth. New York: Gilliss Press, January 1911.

Dean, Bashford. "Early Gothic Spurs." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin (May 1926). pp. 129-130; ill. (one spur).

Grancsay, Stephen V. A Loan Exhibition of Equestrian Equipment from the Metropolitan Museum of Art: Catalogue. Louisville, Ky.: Speed Art Museum, 1955. no. 78, ill. fig. 78.

Boccia, Lionello G., and Museo Civico Medievale di Bologna. L'Armeria del Museo Civico Medievale di Bologna. Busto Arsizio, Italy: Bramante Editrice, 1991. no 189, p. 012.

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