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Shaffron (Horse's Head Defense)

Armorer:
Stamped with marks attributed to Ambrogio de Osma (Italian, Brescia, documented 1446–75)
Date:
ca. 1460–70
Geography:
possibly Brescia
Culture:
Italian, possibly Brescia
Medium:
Steel
Dimensions:
H. 21 1/2 in. (54.6 cm); W. 9 1/4 in. (23.5 cm); Wt. 1 lb. 15 oz. (878.8 g)
Classification:
Equestrian Equipment-Shaffrons
Credit Line:
Bashford Dean Memorial Collection, Bequest of Bashford Dean, 1928
Accession Number:
29.150.9aa
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.
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