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Armor for Use in the Tourney Fought on Foot over the Barriers

Armor made by Pompeo della Cesa, Italian (active Milan), c. 1537 - 1610

Made in Milan, Italy, Europe

c. 1590

Engraved, etched, and partially gilded steel; brass, textiles, and leather replaced

Height (From top of helmet to bottom of gauntlets): 36 1/4 inches (92 cm) Height (From top of helmet to bottom center of breastplate): 31 1/2 inches (80 cm) Width (Shoulders): 20 1/16 inches (51 cm) Width (Elbows): 28 3/4 inches (73 cm) Weight: 32 lb. (14.51 kg)

Curatorial Department:
European Decorative Arts and Sculpture

Object Location:

Currently not on view

Accession Number:

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

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This armor was used in a form of tournament where a barrier separated the contenders, who fought on foot with either a pike or a sword. Since the barrier provided a defense for the lower portion of the body, this type of armor leaves the wearer's abdomen and legs unprotected.