German, Augsburg

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 371

This gorget is associated with an armor (acc. no. 29.151.3) and helmet (acc. no. 50.237.2) both in the Metropolitan Museum's collection. The helmet, pauldrons (shoulder defenses), and vambraces (arm defenses) of this armor are attributed to Kolman Helmschmid based on comparison with his known works. The helmet’s distinctive snub-nosed visor appears to be a form that he originated and used on three other helmets, all dating from the mid-1520s. The decoration of these elements is typical of the style of Daniel Hopfer of Augsburg (about 1470–1536), a celebrated armor-etcher and printmaker, who is known to have decorated armors made by members of the the Helmschmid family. The remainder of this armor is composed of southern German elements from about 1520 to 1530, except for minor restorations.

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