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Side Panel of a Flank Defense (Crupper) from a Horse Armor

ca. 1490–1500
German or Austrian
Steel, gold
H. 31 3/4 in. (80.65 cm); W. 36 in. (91.44 cm)
Armor for Horse
Credit Line:
Gift of Stephen V. Grancsay, 1942
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 373
Once part of a very elaborate horse armor, this crupper panel is one of the few surviving examples from the fifteenth century to retain its original blued and gilt decoration.
Ex coll.: Archduke Eugen, Fortress of Hohenwerfen, Austria; Clarence H. Mackay, Roslyn L.I.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Loan Exhibition of European Arms and Armor," August 3, 1931–September 27, 1931.

Lee-Dillon, Harold Arthur. "Horse Armour." Archaeological Journal (1902). p. 78.

The Great Historical Collection of Arms & Armour: The Entire Contents of the Armoury, Fortress Hohenwerfen Near Salzburg, Austria, Inherited & Augmented by H.I. & R.H. Archduke Eugen, F.M.. New York: Anderson Galleries, March 1–5, 1927.

Arms & Armour. New York: Anderson Galleries, New York, March 7, 1928. lot 95, ill.

Buttin, Charles. Les bardes articulées au temps de Maximilien Ier: étude sur l'armement chevaleresque au quinzième et au seizième siècles. Strasbourg, 1929. pp. 41ff.

Anzelewsky, Fedja. "Erzherzog Maximilians schwerer Rossharnisch von 1480." Waffen- und Kostümkunde ser. 3, 5 (1963). pp. 77–88, ill.

Thomas, Bruno, and Ortwin Gamber. Katalog Der Leibrüstkammer, I. Teil, Der Zeitraum Von 500 Bis 1530. Vienna: Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna, 1976. pp. 104–105.

Thomas, Bruno, and Alphons Lhotsky. "Der Rossharnisch Kaiser Friedrichs III." Gesammelte Schriften zur historischen Waffenkunde (1977). pp. 191–203.

Pyhrr, Stuart W., Donald J. La Rocca, and Dirk H. Breiding. The Armored Horse in Europe, 1480–1620. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2005. p. 23, fig. 17.

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