Elements of a Light-Cavalry Armor

Date: ca. 1510

Geography: Milan

Culture: Italian, Milan

Medium: Steel, gold, copper alloy

Dimensions: Wt. 19 lb. 13 oz. (8987 g)

Classification: Armor for Man-1/2 Armor

Credit Line: Gift of William H. Riggs, 1913

Accession Number: 14.25.716b–f


This is a fine example of an Italian armor decorated with fluted surfaces in the German fashion. The etched band across the top of the breastplate depicts the Virgin and Child in the center, Saint Paul on the right, and Saint George on the left. A Latin inscription below reads: "Chrisvs Res venit in pace et Devs homo factvs es" (Christ the King came in peace and God was made man). The inscription across the top of the backplate reads: "Iesvs avtem transiens permedivm ilorvm est" (But Jesus passing through their midst went his way [Luke 4:30]). The Trinity is depicted on the front of the gorget (collar).