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Shaffron (Horse's Head Defense)

Stamped with marks attributed to Ambrogio de Osma (Italian, Brescia, documented 1446–75)
ca. 1460–70
possibly Brescia
Italian, possibly Brescia
H. 21 1/2 in. (54.6 cm); W. 9 1/4 in. (23.5 cm); Wt. 1 lb. 15 oz. (878.8 g)
Equestrian Equipment-Shaffrons
Credit Line:
Bashford Dean Memorial Collection, Bequest of Bashford Dean, 1928
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 373
This shaffron is stamped with marks attributed to the Brescian armorer Ambrogio de Osma, documented between 1446 and 1475. The fluted surface follows German fashion, suggesting that the shaffron was made for export to northern Europe.
Marking: Stamped with marks attributed to Ambrogio de Osma.
Grancsay, Stephen V., The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and Washington County Museum of Fine Arts. Loan Exhibition of Mediavel and Renaissance Arms and Armor from the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Hagerstown, Md.: Washington County Museum of Fine Arts, February 27–March 31, 1955. no. 39.

Boccia, Lionello G. Le Armature di S. Maria delle Grazie di Curtatone di Mantova e l'Armatura Lombarda del'400. Busto Arsizio: Bramante Editrice, 1982. p. 286, mark nos. 63, 64.

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. 22–23, figs. 15–16.

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