Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Left Side Panel of a Crupper

ca. 1480–1500
Probably South German or Austrian
H. 21 in. (54 cm); W. 29 in. (73.7 cm). Wt. 7 lb. (3,138 g)
Armor for Horse
Credit Line:
Bashford Dean Memorial Collection, Funds from various donors, 1929
Accession Number:
Not on view
This left side panel of a horse's rump defense is a rare survival of horse armor in the so-called Gothic style. The treatment of its surfaces is unusually complex, and the combination of ridges, particularly with "notched" sections, appears to associate this example with a South German or Austrian workshop.
Bashford Dean, New York (until d. 1928; sold to MMA through his estate, 1929).
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The Armored Horse in Europe," February 15, 2005–January 15, 2006, no. 24.

Deutsches Historisches Museum and Waltraud Haffner-Grevenrath. Eisenkleider: Plattnerarbeiten Aus Drei Jahrhunderten Aus Der Sammlung Des Deutschen Historischen Museums. Berlin: Deutsches Historisches Museum, 1992. pp. 48–49, no. 43 (a similar crupper).

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. 56–57, no. 24, ill.

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