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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Artist: Left reinforcing elbow stamped with marks belonging to the Missaglia workshop (Italian, Milan, recorded 1430–1529)Date: ca. 1450–1525 and laterMedium: Steel, brass, leather, textile (velvet, wool), ironAccession: 29.150.9On view in:Gallery 373