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Pommel Plate of a Saddle (from the Garniture of Rudolf II)

Pommel Plate of a Saddle (from the Garniture of Rudolf II)

c. 1571

Part of a set. See all set records

Anton Peffenhauser

(German, 1525–1603)

Blued, etched, and gilded steel

Overall: 31.3 x 17 cm (12 5/16 x 6 11/16 in.)

Weight: 440 g (15.52 oz.)

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. John L. Severance 1916.1888.2

Did you know?

Once part of a saddle, this plate protected the rider's thigh.


This plate, one of two and once part of a saddle, is from tournament armor made for man and horse made for the sons of Emperor Maximilian II, archdukes Rudolf and Ernst. Most of the remaining elements of this armor are still in the collections of the Imperial Armouries in Vienna. The decorative pattern (in the imperial colors of black and gold) forms elegant knots, with distinctive foliage and hop sprigs filling the loops.

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