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Crinet Plate Belonging to an Armor for Field and Tournament Made for Duke Nikolaus "The Black" Radziwill (1515–1565), Duke of Nesvizh and Olyka, Prince of the Empire, Grand Chancellor and Marshal of Lithuania

Armorer:
Kunz Lochner (German, Nuremberg, 1510–1567)
Date:
ca. 1555; probably repainted later
Geography:
Nuremberg
Culture:
German, Nuremberg
Medium:
Steel, brass, gold, paint
Dimensions:
L. 13 7/8 in. (35.5 cm); H. 3 7/8 in. (9.8 cm); Wt. 9 oz. (261 g)
Classification:
Armor for Horse
Credit Line:
Gift of William H. Riggs, 1913
Accession Number:
14.25.854
Not on view
This crinet plate, along with the matching shaffron also in the Metropolitan Museum's collection (21.42), form part of an important garniture of armor for field and tournament use made for Nikolaus "the Black" Radziwill (1515–1565), duke of Nesvizh and Olyka, prince of the empire, and grand chancellor and marshall of Lithuania––one of the wealthiest and most important nobles in Poland and Lithuania. Several elements of the garniture survive, six of which (including this one) are preserved in the Metropolitan Museum's collection. Made by the distinguished Nuremberg armorer Kunz (Konrad) Lochner, the Radziwill armor, with its overall etched design of interlaced strapwork and brilliant polychromy, is one of the most distinctive and colorful examples of the sixteenth century.
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