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Armor for use on horseback in the field

Made by the armorer Matthes Deutsch, German (active Landshut), first recorded 1485 - last documented c. 1505

Made in Landshut, Germany, Europe

c. 1505

Etched and partially blued and gilded steel; leather; textile

71 1/4 × 31 1/2 inches, 58.5 lb. (181 × 80 cm, 26.54 kg) Height (for man of about): 6 feet 2 13/16 inches (190 cm)

Curatorial Department:
European Decorative Arts and Sculpture

* Gallery 347, Arms and Armor, third floor (Kretzschmar von Kienbusch Galleries)

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Credit Line:
Gift of Athena and Nicholas Karabots and The Karabots Foundation, 2009

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This armor is one of a few complete, or reasonably complete, European field armors surviving from the beginning of the sixteenth century. It is also the richest, latest, and most complete of the surviving works of Matthes Deutsch, a successful armorer living in the Bavarian ducal residence of Landshut. The bands along its main edges and down the center of the breastplate bear traces of etched and gilded flowers and foliage set against a fire-blued ground. The breastplate is struck with Deutsch's armorer's mark and with the inspection mark of the armorers of Landshut.

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