Field Armor

German, Nuremberg

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 371

This fluted armor is typical of the battle dress of the knightly cavalry of southern Germany and Austria in the 1520s. It is composed of elements from at least three very similar armors, all made in Nuremberg when fluted armor was at its peak of fashion. The armor is stamped on the pauldrons (shoulder defenses) with the mark of the city of Nuremberg, on the helmet with the letter N in a pearly circle, on the cuisses (thigh defenses) with a Gothic N, and on the right gauntlet with an unidentified maker’s mark. The left arm defense is a nineteenth-century restoration.

Field Armor, Steel, leather, German, Nuremberg

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