This shoulderpiece belongs to a parade armor that was probably made for Guidobaldo II della Rovere (1514–1574), duke of Urbino from 1538. The matching helmet is preserved in the Hermitage Museum, Saint Petersburg; the breastplate, left pauldron, and the three lames belonging to the Metropolitan's pauldron are in the Museo Nazionale del Bargello, Florence. A portrait of Guidobaldo showing the helmet and breastplate is also in the Metropolitan Museum's collection (acc. no. 2009.224).
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