Portions of a Costume Armor

Armorer Kolman Helmschmid German

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 374

This armor reproduces in steel the extravagant puffed and slashed costume of the German Landsknechte (mercenary infantry troops). The matching pieces are preserved in the Musée de l'Armée, Paris. Coming from the Radziwill armory in Nesvizh in present-day Belarus, this armor may have been made for Jerzy Herkules Radziwill (1480–1541), a powerful Polish nobleman.

Portions of a Costume Armor, Kolman Helmschmid (German, Augsburg 1471–1532), Steel, copper alloy, gold, German, Augsburg

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