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Half Armor
For use on foot in the field

Attributed to the armorer Master of the Castle Mark, Italian (active Milan), active c. 1590 - 1620

Made in Milan, Italy, Europe

c. 1600

Etched and partially russeted and gilded steel, brass, leather, textiles; backplate and finger lames of both gauntlets (hand defenses) replaced (some pauldron [shoulder defense] lames missing)

Width (Across the mid-points of the shoulders): 19 1/2 inches (49.5 cm) Waist: 35 13/16 inches (91 cm) Height (From the top edge of the gorget down the center of the backplate): 18 11/16 inches (47.5 cm) Height (From the top edge of the gorget down the center of the breastpla): 14 9/16 inches (37 cm) Weight: 22.7 lb. (10300g)

Curatorial Department:
European Decorative Arts and Sculpture

* Gallery 249, Arms and Armor, second floor (Kretzschmar von Kienbusch Galleries)

Accession Number:

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

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This armor is decorated with an etched pattern that distinguishes it as part of a small group of important armors made in Milan around the turn of the seventeenth century for powerful noblemen in Italy and Spain. The only example from the group to include an etched inscription and coat of arms, this armor was intended for a member of the noble Venetian family da Ponte, presumably one who held a military appointment in Crema, a town in Lombardy then under the domination of the Republic of Venice.

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