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Pommel Plate

Date:
ca. 1580
Culture:
French or Flemish
Medium:
Steel, gold
Dimensions:
8 3/4 x 7 in. (22.2 x 17.8 cm); Wt. 12 oz. (352 g)
Classification:
Equestrian Equipment-Saddles
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1929
Accession Number:
29.171
Not on view
Very few saddle steels are decorated with embossed ornament including figural representations or narrative scenes. The densely detailed style of this pommel plate is a notable example, allowing it to be identified as part of a small group of rare parade armors that were made in France or Flanders in the last quarter of the sixteenth century.

The subjects depicted are derived from Classical history and mythology. In the center of the Museum's pommel plate is a prominent figure wearing antique-style armor and mounted on a rearing horse, possibly representing the legend of the Roman hero Marcus Curtius.
Robert Curzon, Baron Zouche of Haryngworth, Parham, Pulborough, Sussex; Baroness Zouche of Haryngworth[Arnold Seligman, Rey & Co., Inc., New York, until 1929; sold to MMA].
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The Armored Horse in Europe," February 15, 2005–January 15, 2006, no. 40.

Hiltl, Georg. Die Waffensammlung Sr. Königlichen Hoheit des Prinzen Carl von Preussen. Berlin: W. Moeser, 1876. no. 1022, pls. I, XLV (similar decoration on a half-armor).

Wallace Collection and James G. Mann. European Arms and Armour. Vol. I. London: Printed for the Trustees by W. Clowes and sold at Hertford House, 1962. p. 232, no. A 424, pl. 99 (a similar pommel plate).

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. pp. 70–71, no. 40.



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