Shaffron (Horse's Head Defense)

German, Augsburg

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 371

The fine quality of the hammer-work, the elegant form, and the decorative washers and plume-holder of brass are stylistic features pointing to an Augsburg origin. The shaffron probably was made to accompany a plain tournament armor of polished steel like one also in the Metropolitan Museum's collection (acc. nos. 29.154.1 and 14.25.689).

Shaffron (Horse's Head Defense), Steel, copper alloy, gold, leather, German, Augsburg

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