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Cantle Plate

Date:
ca. 1550–60
Geography:
Possibly Milan
Culture:
Italian
Medium:
Steel, gilding
Dimensions:
19 1/2 x 6 1/2 in. (49.5 x 16.5 cm); Wt. 2 lb. 8 oz. (1.13 kg)
Classification:
Equestrian Equipment-Saddles
Credit Line:
Fletcher Fund, 1921
Accession Number:
21.102.10
  • Description

    This cantle plate is etched (formerly gilt) with five emblematic scenes in rondels, each of which is surrounded by a motto in Spanish. The emblems and mottoes are taken from Los emblemas de Alciato traduciados in rhimas espanolas (Lyon, 1549), the first Spanish edition of the widely influential emblem books of Andrea Alciato (1492–1550), a renowned Milanese humanist. The Museum's cantle plate was probably made shortly after 1550, possibly for a Spanish nobleman serving in Italy.

  • Provenance

    Ex. Coll.: Robert Curzon, Baron Zouche of Haryngworth, Parham, Pulborough, Sussex; Baroness Zouche of Haryngworth

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