European Decorative Arts and Sculpture
Half ArmorMade in Brescia, Lombardy, Italy, Europe
Artist/maker unknown, Italian
Etched and partially blackened steel; brass; textile and leather replaced
1977-167-26Bequest of Carl Otto Kretzschmar von Kienbusch, 1977
LabelBrescia was the largest armor-making center on the Italian peninsula after Milan. The town of Brescia and its surroundings were the principal suppliers of arms to the Republic of Venice. Struck on several portions of this armor is a mark of an ox, possibly derived from a town's coat of arms, suggesting that the armor was originally housed in a municipal arsenal.
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