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Shaffron (Horse's Head Defense)

ca. 1570–80
German, Augsburg
Steel, copper alloy, gold, leather
H. 22 3/4 in. (57.8 cm); W. 10 1/2 in. (26.7 cm); Wt. 3 lb. 14 oz. (1767 g)
Equestrian Equipment-Shaffrons
Credit Line:
Gift of William H. Riggs, 1913
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 371
The fine quality of the hammer-work, the elegant form, and the decorative washers and plume-holder of brass are stylistic features pointing to an Augsburg origin. The shaffron probably was made to accompany a plain tournament armor of polished steel like one also in the Metropolitan Museum's collection (acc. nos. 29.154.1 and 14.25.689).
Ex. Coll.: Prince Peter Soltykoff, Paris; William H. Riggs, Paris.
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