Reinforcing Plates of Armor for the Tilt

Austrian, Innsbruck

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 371

For the joust, or tilt, in the Italian fashion, the grandguard protecting the upper left chest and neck was close-fitting in contrast to the German use of a projecting tilt targe (cape-like defense for the left shoulder) screwed directly to the breastplate. The etched decoration, consisting of lush foliate scrolls and dragons on a recessed black ground, is characteristic of Innsbruck armors of the period.

Reinforcing Plates of Armor for the Tilt, Steel, Austrian, Innsbruck

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