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Portions of a Costume Armor

Armorer:
Kolman Helmschmid (German, Augsburg 1471–1532)
Date:
ca. 1525
Geography:
Augsburg
Culture:
German, Augsburg
Medium:
Steel, gold
Dimensions:
H. 27 in. (68.6 cm); W. 18 in. (45.7 cm)
Classification:
Armor for Man
Credit Line:
Backplate and rump: Gift of Bashford Dean, 1924; vambraces: Mrs. Stephen V. Harkness Fund, 1926; top lames of vambraces: Bashford Dean Memorial Collection, Funds from various donors, 1929
Accession Number:
24.179; 26.188.1, .2; 29.158.363a, b
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.
Ex. coll.: backplate and rump: Radziwill armory, Nesvizh, Belarus; Pollak and Winterwitz, Vienna; Alfred Juritzki-Warburg, Krystall-Verlag, Vienna; Bashford Dean, New York.
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