European Decorative Arts and Sculpture
Armor for use in the Tilt (Ballienrennen)Made in Saxony, Germany, Europe
Artist/maker unknown, German, Saxon
Steel; leather (replaced); textiles
1977-167-32Bequest of Carl Otto Kretzschmar von Kienbusch, 1977
This armor was part of a large number of suits designed for different forms of the joust. The suits were commissioned by Prince Elector Augustus of Saxony (ruled 1553 to 1586) for members of his court.
The spike on the left side of the chest was used to adjust the grand guard (metal shield) against the breastplate.
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