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Backplate

Armorer:
Hans Prunner (Austrian, Innsbruck, recorded 1482–99)
Date:
ca. 1485–95
Geography:
Innsbruck
Culture:
Austrian, Innsbruck
Medium:
Steel
Dimensions:
H. 19 3/4 in. (50.17 cm); W. 15 in. (38.1 cm); Wt. 4 lb. 15 oz. (2240 g)
Classification:
Armor Parts-Backplates
Credit Line:
Bashford Dean Memorial Collection, Bequest of Bashford Dean, 1928
Accession Number:
29.150.70
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 373
This backplate is by Hans Prunner (recorded 1482–99). The armorers of Innsbruck, capital of the Austrian Tirol, thrived under the patronage of the Habsburg court and produced armor that was internationally renowned for the strength of its steel and the beauty of its form. Located near the border between Austria and Italy, this center produced armor that reflected the influence of north and south, combining the elongated and spiky German Gothic style with that of the rounded and more robust forms preferred in Renaissance Italy.
Marking: Stamped near the upper border with a mark of a barred helmet.
Innsbruck
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