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Backplate from a Brigandine

Date:
15th century
Culture:
Italian
Medium:
Steel, brass, linen, textile
Dimensions:
H. 8 1/4 in. (20.96 cm); W. 9 1/2 in. (24.13 cm); Wt. 1 lb. 1.5 oz. (496.1 g)
Classification:
Armor Parts-Backplates
Credit Line:
Bashford Dean Memorial Collection, Bequest of Bashford Dean, 1928
Accession Number:
29.150.98
Not on view
This plate would have protected the area at the top of the wearer's back at the base of the neck and between the shoulder blades. It retains large sections of its original textile covering.
Eaves, Ian. "Two Early Examples of Armour of Proof in the Collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art." In The Armorer's Art: Essays in Honor of Stuart Pyhrr. Woonsocket, Rhode Island: Andrew Mowbray Inc. – Publishers, 2014. p. 36 (footnote 31).

Nickel, Helmut, William Reid, Ian Eaves, Mario Scalini, Claude Gaier, Álvaro Soler Del Campo, Jean-Pierre Reverseau, Jan Piet Pyupe, Donald J. La Rocca, Jeffrey Forgeng, Jonathan Tavares, Dirk H. Breiding, Pierre Terjanian, and Mr. Ronald S. Lauder. The Armorer's Art: Essays in Honor of Stuart Pyhrr, edited by Donald J. La Rocca. Woonsocket, Rhode Island: Andrew Mowbray Inc. – Publishers, 2014. p. 36 (footnote 31).



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