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Armor for use in the Tilt (Ballienrennen)

Artist/maker unknown, German

Made in Saxony, Germany, Europe

c. 1575

Steel; leather (replaced); textiles

Approx.: 6 feet 1/16 inches × 27 9/16 inches (183 × 70 cm)

Curatorial Department:
European Decorative Arts and Sculpture

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

Accession Number:

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

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This armor was part of a large number of suits designed for different forms of the joust. The suits were commissioned by Prince Elector Augustus of Saxony (ruled 1553 to 1586) for members of his court.

The spike on the left side of the chest was used to adjust the grand guard (metal shield) against the breastplate.

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