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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.
Grancsay, Stephen V. Historical Armor: A Picture Book. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, December 1944. p. 2, pl. 14.

Granscay, S. V., A. Hyatt Mayor, James J. Rorimer, William Holmes Forsyth, Bruno Thomas, Sir Richard C. Jebb, Randolph Bullock, Stephen V. Grancsay, and Helmut Nickel. "The New Galleries of Oriental Arms and Armor." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin (May 1958). p. 208.

Nickel, Helmut. "Arms and Armor From the Permanent Collection." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin 49, no. 1 (Summer 1991). pp. 18, 64, ill.

Krause, Stefan. "Der Augusburger Druckgraphiker Daniel Hopfer (1471-1536) als Waffendekorateur." Jahrbuch des Kunsthistorischen Museums Wien Band 13/14 (2013). note 89.



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