Armor for use on horseback in the field

Matthes Deutschc. 1505

Philadelphia Museum of Art

Philadelphia Museum of Art

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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  • Title: Armor for use on horseback in the field
  • Date: c. 1505
  • Location: Landshut, Germany
  • Maker: Made by the armorer Matthes Deutsch, German (active Landshut), first recorded 1485 - last documented c. 1505
  • Provenance: Gift of Athena and Nicholas Karabots and The Karabots Foundation, 2009
  • Type: Arms and Armor
  • Rights: © 2014 Philadelphia Museum of Art. All rights reserved.
  • External Link: Philadelphia Museum of Art
  • Medium: Etched and partially blued and gilded steel; leather; textile


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