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Left Couter (Elbow Defense)

Date:
ca. 1485–95
Geography:
Innsbruck
Culture:
Austrian, Innsbruck
Medium:
Steel
Dimensions:
Wt. 1 lb. (453.6 g)
Classification:
Armor Parts-Arms & Shoulders
Credit Line:
Bashford Dean Memorial Collection, Gift of Edward S. Harkness, 1929
Accession Number:
29.156.66k
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 373
This couter (elbow defense) bears an effaced Innsbruck-style mark. 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 with an effaced Innsbruck-style mark.
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