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Portions of an Armor Garniture

Artist/maker unknown, German. Attributed patron Holy Roman Emperor Maximilian II, ruled 1564 - 1576.

Made in Augsburg, Germany, Europe

c. 1550

Etched and partially blackened and gilded steel; brass; leather (replaced); velvet (replaced)

Height (as mounted): 68 11/16 inches (174.5 cm) Width (across the midpoints of the shoulders): 17 5/16 inches (44 cm) Waist: 35 1/16 inches (89 cm) Weight: 47.4 lb. (21515g)

Curatorial Department:
European Decorative Arts and Sculpture

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

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Credit Line:
Bequest of Carl Otto Kretzschmar von Kienbusch, 1977

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An armor garniture is a complete suit of armor with a set of exchange elements designed to adapt the basic unit to different uses, such as tournament or battle.

This armor is part of a great garniture that included over five hundred pieces. It is believed to have belonged to the Holy Roman Emperor Maximilian II (ruled 1564 to 1576). The other related components of the garniture are preserved in the Historisches Museum der Stadt in Vienna, Austria.

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