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Left Gauntlet

Date:
ca. 1535
Culture:
German
Medium:
Steel
Dimensions:
L. 12 in. (30.48 cm)
Classification:
Armor Parts-Gauntlets
Credit Line:
Purchase, Joseph Pulitzer Bequest, 1938
Accession Number:
38.128.2
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 371
This left gauntlet and the associated armor (26.92.1, 38.128.1) form a fine late example of a fluted armor, made shortly before the style went out of fashion. It is distinguished for its unusually large proportions and impressive height. The bands of scales and the distinctive roping of the lower edge of the associated helmet and the top edge of the breastplate are features frequently found on armors from northern Germany (possibly Brunswick), a region generally not known for producing fluted armors. The leg defenses are of the same period but originally did not belong with the rest of the armor.
Ex. Coll.: Dr. William Meyrick; Henry Arthur Brassey, Preston Hall, Kent, England; Leonard Brassey, Apethorpe Hall, Peterborough, England; William Randolph Hearst.
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