Portions of a Field Armor

German, probably Augsburg

Not on view

These pieces were once part of a complete armor designed for use in battle. Its missing parts include the helmet, collar, gauntlets, and leg defenses. Even though incomplete, this armor is notable for the quality of its construction, the elegance of its form, accented by prominent roped ridges, and for its lively etched decoration.

The etched decoration features distinctive female heads, birds, and trophies amid foliate scrolls, all derived from prints by Daniel Hopfer (1471–1536). It is believed that early in his career, Hopfer etched ornament and figures on armor. Emperor Maximilian especially favored armor decorated with Italianate motifs in the Northern Renaissance style.

Portions of a Field Armor, Steel, leather, German, probably Augsburg

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