Gothic Breastplate

Gothic Breastplate

c. 1485


Overall: 50.5 x 35.8 x 15.8 cm (19 7/8 x 14 1/8 x 6 1/4 in.)

Weight: 3.14 kg (6.92 lbs.)

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. John L. Severance 1916.29

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This breastplate consists of two primary plates of steel fastened at the center by a rivet.


Individual armor elements, like this breastplate, were shaped in ways that would make their surfaces as deflecting as possible. The contours of this breastplate, along with the pronounced vertical ridge down its center, were for precisely this purpose.

See also
MED - Arms & Armor
Medieval Art
Type of artwork: 
Arms and Armor

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