Pair of Gauntlets

Italian, Milan

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 374

These small gauntlets belong to an armor for foot tournament made for the seven-year-old heir to the Spanish throne, the future Philip III (1578–1621, king from 1598). The decoration is typically Milanese, with bands of chiseled and gold-damascened trophy and grotesque ornament outlined with silver dots. A figure of Mars, god of war, is seen at the top of each cuff.

Pair of Gauntlets, Steel, gold, silver, leather, Italian, Milan

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