Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Cantle Plate

ca. 1550–60
Possibly Milan
Italian, possibly Milan
Steel, gold
H. 6 1/2 in. (16.5 cm); W. 19 1/2 in. (49.5 cm); Wt. 2 lb. 8 oz. (1.13 kg)
Equestrian Equipment-Saddles
Credit Line:
Fletcher Fund, 1921
Accession Number:
Not on view
This cantle plate is etched (formerly gilt) with five emblematic scenes in rondels, each of which is surrounded by a motto in Spanish. The emblems and mottoes are taken from Los emblemas de Alciato traduciados in rhimas espanolas (Lyon, 1549), the first Spanish edition of the widely influential emblem books of Andrea Alciato (1492–1550), a renowned Milanese humanist. The Museum's cantle plate was probably made shortly after 1550, possibly for a Spanish nobleman serving in Italy.
Ex. Coll.: Robert Curzon, Baron Zouche of Haryngworth, Parham, Pulborough, Sussex; Baroness Zouche of Haryngworth
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The Armored Horse in Europe," February 15, 2005–January 15, 2006, no. 36.

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