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Half Armor for the Foot Tournament
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Item Details
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Culture
Italy, Milan, 15th century
Title
Half Armor for the Foot Tournament
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Work Type
Arms and Armor
Date
c. 1590
Material
etched and gilded steel, brass rivets, leather and velvet fittings
Measurements
Overall: 31.7 x 27.7 x 21.6 cm (12 1/2 x 10 7/8 x 8 1/2 in.)
Description
This armor was designed for the foot tournament, an event that was separate from the equestrian jousts popularized during the Middle Ages and still favored among Renaissance aristocracies throughout Europe. Foot tournaments were commonly fought over a barrier that separated the combatants and gave protection to their legs, so a half-armor such as this one provided sufficient protection. The original owner of this suit would have worn it with colorful puffed and slashed britches and hose. The use of outlandish accessories, such as a large ostrich feather plume (a brass plume holder may be seen on the back of the helmet) and red velvet pickadils between the steel plates, provided additional splendor.
Repository
Cleveland, Ohio, USA
Collection: MED - Arms & Armor
Department: Medieval Art
Gallery: 210A Armor Court
Provenance: Durlacher, London; Edward Hubbard Litchfield, Peter Finer, Warwickshire
John L. Severance Fund
Accession Number
Source
Image and original data from The Cleveland Museum of Art
License
Use of this image is in accordance with the applicable Terms & Conditions
File Properties
File Name
1996.299_full.tif
SSID
24620866

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