Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Portions of a Crinet (Horse's Neck Defense)

ca. 1580–90
probably Brescia
Italian, probably Brescia
Steel, leather
L. 18 5/8 in. (47.2 cm); W. 14 3/8 in. (36.5 cm); Wt. 3 lb. 14 oz. (1,765 g)
Armor for Horse
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1904
Accession Number:
Not on view
Partially embossed, etched overall, and richly gilt, this splendid fragment must have belonged to one of the most magnificent Brescian horse armors of the late sixteenth century. A shaffron with matching decoration exists in the collection of Konopište Castle, near Prague. That collection combines the armories of the Este, Obizzi, and Medici families, suggesting that this crinet may have been made for a member of one of those illustrious Italian dynasties.
Ex Coll.: Samuel R. Meyrick, London and Goodrich Court, Herefordshire; Alessandro Castellani, Paris; Charles Maillet du Boullay, Paris; M. Bécoulet, Paris; Maurice de Talleyrand-Périgord, Duc de Dino, Paris.
London. South Kensington Museum. "The Meyrick Collection of Ancient Armour," 1869, no. 348.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The Armored Horse in Europe," February 15, 2005–January 15, 2006.

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. pp. 54–55, no. 22, ill.

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