Gauntlet for the Right Hand, Belonging to the Armor of Don Alonzo Pérez de Guzman el Bueno (1550–1619), Count of Niebla and Duke of Medina-Sidonia
The gauntlet's elaborately chiseled and damascened decoration exemplifies the highest quality of late Renaissance Milanese metalworking. The owner's crowned monogram on the cuff identifies the gauntlet as belonging to the armor of Don Alonzo Pérez de Guzman el Bueno (1550–1619), count of Niebla and duke of Medina-Sidonia, the commander of the ill-fated armada sent against England in 1588. The rest of the duke's armor, a heavy bulletproof harness that was practical despite its rich decoration, is preserved in the Royal Armory, Madrid.
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