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Three-quarter Black and White Armor

Three-quarter Black and White Armor

c. 1540 - 1550

Steel; leather straps

Lent by The Royal Armouries, Leeds 35.2008

Description

Plate armor alternately decorated with brightly polished ("white") and darkened ("black") surface areas is known as "black and white" armor. The black color results from either painting the surface areas, or merely leaving them dark from the forging process. The armor center of Nuremberg, situated near South Germany's ore producing region, was famous for its production of this style of armor during the mid 1500s.

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

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