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).
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.

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