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Composite Armor for a Boy
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Composite Armor for a Boy

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Description From childhood, sons of noblemen might join in ceremonial occasions for which armor was required. Appearing with adult male relatives signaled dynastic continuity and acceptance of a moral code and responsibilities. At a tournament organized in 1560 by Archduke Maximilian (future emperor) for his father Emperor Ferdinand, 8-year-old Rudolf (Maximilian's heir and a future emperor) appeared in armor, "competing" in sword events with his father and other male relatives. This armor consists of pieces dating to the late 1500s and early 1600s from different sources. They were assembled in the mid-1800s with replacements added for missing parts. The same decorative detailing was etched on all the pieces to harmonize them.
Date Description Narrative
3/17/1981Examinationexamined for condition
Provenance Henry Walters, Baltimore [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters

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1580-1620, with later additions
steel, gilded copper alloy, leather (assembled and etched in the 1800s)
(Arms & Armor)
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H: 50 in. (127 cm)
  • France (Place of Origin)
  • Germany (Place of Origin)


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