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European (c. 1580 – 1610), Half-Armor with Comb-Morion, steel, brass, leather, 13 1/2 x 9 1/4 x 17 inches and 18 1/2 x 14 x 15 inches, Museum Purchase, 1954.47.3.

From the Collection: Half-Armor with Comb-Morion

This cuirass (or breastplate and backplate that are fastened together) and morion (or helmet) were crafted originally for combat on horseback with a lance, but were later repurposed for ceremonial use. Both are decorated with etched and gilded bands depicting trophies, grotesqueries, masks, medallions, foliage, and other Italianate motifs. 

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June 4, 2021


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