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Armor

Armorer:
Kunz Lochner (German, Nuremberg, 1510–1567)
Date:
dated 1548, with later restorations
Geography:
Nuremberg
Culture:
German, Nuremberg
Medium:
Steel, leather, copper alloy, textile
Dimensions:
Wt. approx. 56 lb. (25.4 kg)
Classification:
Armor for Man
Credit Line:
Bashford Dean Memorial Collection, Gift of Mrs. Bashford Dean, 1929
Accession Number:
29.151.2
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 371
Kunz Lochner was one of the few Nuremberg armorers of the mid-sixteenth century to achieve an international reputation. His patrons included the Holy Roman Emperor, the dukes of Saxony, and the king of Poland. This man's armor bears the mark of Nuremberg; Lochner's personal mark, a rampant lion; and the date 1548. The armor was originally part of a small garniture that included exchange elements for field and tournament use. Restorations include the cuirass and the gauntlets.

An associated horse armor also in the Metropolitan Museum's collection (acc. no. 32.69) bears only the Nuremberg mark but can be attributed to Lochner on stylistic grounds. The elaborately embossed and etched decoration of the peytral (chest defense) includes an abbreviated inscription that may be interpreted: 1548 K[rist] I[ch] T[rau] G[anz] V[nd] G[ar] H[ans] E[rnst] H[erzog] Z[u] Sachsen (1548 In Christ I trust wholly, Hans [Johann] Ernst, Duke of Saxony). Duke Johann Ernst (1521–1553) may have commissioned the horse armor for his attendance at the Diet of Augsburg, a political assembly of the German nobility called in 1548 by Charles V to deal with the crisis of the Reformation.
Marking: On the helmet: traces of the Nuremberg mark on the ventail; on the gorget: Nuremberg and Kunz Lochner marks on the front plate; also an N within a pearled border on the interior; on the right pauldron (shoulder defense): traces of the Nuremberg and Kunz Lochner marks on the upper lame; also an N within a pearled border on the interior; on the left pauldron (shoulder defense): Kunz Lochner mark on the upper lame; also an N within a pearled border on the interior; on the arm defenses: traces of the Nuremberg and Kunz Lochner marks on the upper lames.
Ex. coll.: Princes of Liechtenstein.
Bohlmann, Robert, Wendelin Boeheim, Eduard von Lenz, and O.V. Hortstein. "Die Braunschweigischen Waffen auf Schloss Blankenburg am Harz." Zeitschrift für Historische Waffenkunde 6 (1914). pp. 45–6, 286–7.

Grancsay, Stephen V. "A Historical Horse Armor." Metropolitan Museum of Art Buletin 27, no. 7 (July, 1932). pp. 169, 178, ill. p. 169.

Taylor, Francis Henry, and Edith Appleton Standen. "Presented by the Curatorial Staff." In Art Treasures of the Metropolitan: A Selection from the European and Asiatic Collections of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, edited by Marshall Davidson. 1st ed. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1952. pp. 175, 236, no. 171, ill. p. 175.

Grancsay, Stephen V. "The New Galleries of European Arms and Armor." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin 14 (May 1956). p. 227, ill.

Gamber, Ortwin. "Der Plattner Kunz Lochner - Harnische als Zeugnisse Habsburgishcer Politik." Jahrbuch Der Kunsthistorischen Sammlungen in Wien Band 80 (1984). pp. 35–60.

Nickel, Helmut. "Arms and Armor From the Permanent Collection." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin 49, no. 1 (Summer 1991). pp. 19, 64, ill. p. 19.



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