European Decorative Arts and Sculpture
Cuirass (Torso Defense)Made in Germany, Europe
or Poland, Europe
Artist/maker unknown, German. Made for Prince Nikolaus Christoph Radziwill, 1548 - 1616, or his cousin Prince Christoph Nikolaus Radziwill I, 1543 - 1603.
Etched and partially blackened and gilded steel; brass; leather (replaced)
1977-167-158Bequest of Carl Otto Kretzschmar von Kienbusch, 1977
LabelThis cuirass was originally part of an armor tailored for a very large nobleman who belonged to the prominent Radziwill family of Lithuania and Poland. Until the beginning of the twentieth century, it remained in its original armory in a castle owned by a branch of the family in Lithuania. The hole visible in the breastplate is probably the result of rust from poor maintenance rather than combat-inflicted damage.
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