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Shaffron (Horse's Head Defense)

Date:
ca. 1600
Culture:
French
Medium:
Steel, gold, textile
Dimensions:
H. 22 in. (55.9 cm); Wt. 2 lb. 14 oz. (1304.1)
Classification:
Equestrian Equipment-Shaffrons
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1927
Accession Number:
27.177.2
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 374
This shaffron matches one of the best-preserved French armors dating from the reign of Henry IV (1589–1610). It demonstrates the French preference for completely gilt armors. A saddle, now in the Musée de l'Armée, Paris, also matches the armor.
Ex. coll.: Grand-Duke of Hesse-Darmstadt.
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