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Pommel Plate

ca. 1560–70
Augsburg, Bavaria
German, Augsburg
Steel, gold
8 1/2 x 9 3/8 in. (21.7 x 23.7 cm), Wt. 11 oz. (326 g)
Equestrian Equipment-Saddles
Credit Line:
Gift of William H. Riggs, 1913
Accession Number:
Not on view
The etched decoration of this pommel plate, consisting of interlaced strapwork enclosing heraldically displayed eagles, is very similar to that on an armor in the Hofjagd- und Rüstkammer, Vienna, which was made in Augsburg in 1563 for Archduke Karl of Styria (1540–1590), the youngest son of Emperor Ferdinand I. Although the Museum's plate differs from the Vienna armor in small but significant details, it seems likely that it, too, was an imperial commission and was etched in the same Augsburg workshop.
William H. Riggs, Paris (until 1913; his gift to MMA).
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The Armored Horse in Europe," February 15, 2005–January 15, 2006, no. 38.

Grancsay, Stephen V. "Notes on Armor of the Greenwich School." Metropolitan Museum Studies 2, pt. 1 p. 91, fig. 7.

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. p. 69, no. 38, ill.

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