Rondel for a Shaffron (Horse's Head Defense)

Armorer:
Kaspar Riederer (Austrian, Innsbruck and Mühlau, active 1455–99)
Date:
ca. 1485–95
Geography:
Innsbruck or Mühlau
Culture:
Austrian, Innsbruck or Mühlau
Medium:
Steel
Dimensions:
Diam. 7 1/2 in. (19 cm); Wt. 8 oz. (226 g)
Classification:
Equestrian Equipment-Shaffrons
Credit Line:
Gift of William H. Riggs, 1913
Accession Number:
14.25.1661b
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 373
This rondel was formerly attached to a shaffron also in the Metropolitan Museum's collection (acc. no. 14.25.1661a). It bears the mark of Kaspar Riederer, who belonged to a small community of armorers located at Mühlau, near Innsbruck, in the Tyrol. These armorers worked extensively for Archduke Siegmund, duke of Tyrol, producing armors for the prince, his family, and aristocratic members of the ducal court.
Marking: Stamped with the armorer's mark "Kaspr" written in Gothic miniscule, referring to Kaspar Riederer.
William H. Riggs, Paris (until 1913; his gift to MMA).
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "David and Bathsheba," May 14–September 3, 1970.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The Armored Horse in Europe," February 15, 2005–January 15, 2006, no. 5.

Pyhrr, Stuart W., Donald J. La Rocca, and Dirk H. Breiding. The Armored Horse in Europe, 1480–1620. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2005. p. 34, no. 5, ill.