Apr 17, 2020
Oct 22, 2010

Gothic Breastplate

Gothic Breastplate

c. 1540


Overall: 32.4 x 31.4 cm (12 3/4 x 12 3/8 in.)

Weight: 1.38 kg (3.04 lbs.)

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. John L. Severance 1916.684

Did you know?

If you are looking for this in the armor court make sure to look up; it is displayed as part of a panoply, or display with other arms.


A breastplate is an element of armor that protects the chest and abdomen; it would have been worn with a now missing backplate. Nuremburg was one of the chief armor production centers and gained international renown; armor produced there was exported throughout Europe. It was not a coincidence that Nuremburg was known for its armor. The ore available in the region made Nuremburg an iron producing center close to the raw material needed to make a better quality and reliable product.

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

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