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Portions of a Field Armor

Date:
dated 1524
Geography:
probably Augsburg
Culture:
German, probably Augsburg
Medium:
Steel, leather
Dimensions:
H. as mounted 29 3/4 in. (75.57 cm); Wt. 28 lb. (12.7 kg); breastplate (c): 14 3/4 × 14 3/4 × 7 11/16 in. (37.5 × 37.5 × 19.5 cm); Wt. 6 lb. 14 oz. (3112 g); tassets (d): 10 1/4 × 19 5/16 × 7 3/8 in. (26 × 49 × 18.7 cm); Wt. 3 lb. 3 oz. (1445 g); backplate (e): 15 9/16 × 14 15/16 × 9 1/4 in. (39.5 × 38 × 23.5 cm); Wt. 5 lb. 3 oz. (2340 g); culet (f): 5 7/8 × 18 5/16 × 12 3/16 in. (15 × 46.5 × 31 cm); Wt. 2 lb. 8 oz. (1141 g); right pauldron (g): 10 13/16 × 10 13/16 × 7 13/16 in. (27.5 × 27.5 × 19.8 cm); Wt. 2 lb. 7 oz. (1110 g); left pauldron (h): 11 5/8 × 11 5/16 × 8 9/16 in. (29.5 × 28.8 × 21.8 cm); Wt. 2 lb. 12 oz. (1251 g); vambrace (i): 20 × 6 × 9 1/2 in. (50.8 × 15.2 × 24.1 cm); Wt. 2 lb. 9 oz. (1165 g); vambrace (j): 20 × 5 1/2 × 9 in. (50.8 × 14 × 22.9 cm); Wt. 2 lb. 8 oz. (1136 g)
Classification:
Armor for Man
Credit Line:
Bashford Dean Memorial Collection, Bequest of Bashford Dean, 1928
Accession Number:
29.150.3b–p
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 373
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.
Inscription: The decoration includes the numerals XXIIII along the bottom of each tasset (thigh defense), indicating the date of manufacture, 1524.
National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C. "Imperial Augsburg: Renaissance Prints and Drawings, 1475–1540," September 30–December 31, 2012.

Austin. Blanton Museum of Art. "Imperial Augsburg: Renaissance Prints and Drawings, 1475–1540," October 5, 2013—January 5, 2014.

Poughkeepsie. Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, Vassar College. "Imperial Augsburg: Renaissance Prints and Drawings, 1475–1540," September 19—December 14, 2014.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Stephen V. Grancsay, and Carl Otto von Kienbusch. The Bashford Dean Collection of Arms and Armor in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Portland, Maine: Southworth Press for the Armor and Arms Club of New York City, 1933. pp. 86–88, no. 11, pl. XXI.

Mann, James G. "The Etched Decoration of Armour: A Study in Classification." Proceedings of the British Academy (1940), p. 9 (this armor mentioned among others etched in the Hopfer style, the table numbered XXIIII noted. ).

Krause, Stefan. "Der Augusburger Druckgraphiker Daniel Hopfer (1471–1536) als Waffendekorateur." Jahrbuch des Kunsthistorischen Museums Wien (2011–12), pp. 65–66, note 83.

La Rocca, Donald J. How to Read European Armor. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2017. pp. 140-141, fig. 153, fig. 154.

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