Gauntlet for the Right Hand, Belonging to the Armor of Don Alonzo Pérez de Guzman el Bueno (1550–1619), Count of Niebla and Duke of Medina-Sidonia
Steel, silver, gold, textile, leather
L. 13 in. (33 cm); W. 5 9/16 in. (14.2 cm); H. 6 1/4 in. (16.2 cm); Wt. 25 oz. (707 g)
Gift of Bernice and Jerome Zwanger, 2002
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 374
The gauntlet's elaborately chiseled and damascened decoration exemplifies the highest quality of late Renaissance Milanese metalworking. The owner's crowned monogram on the cuff identifies the gauntlet as belonging to the armor of Don Alonzo Pérez de Guzman el Bueno (1550–1619), count of Niebla and duke of Medina-Sidonia, the commander of the ill-fated armada sent against England in 1558. The rest of the duke's armor, a heavy bulletproof harness that was practical despite its rich decoration, is preserved in the Royal Armory, Madrid.