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Gauntlet and Barbute

The gauntlet, created in late 15th century, is made of steel by an Italian craftsman. It was lent by the Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Bashford Dean Memorial Collection, Funds from various donors, 1929. This gauntlet, a protective glove, has articulated plates for ease of finger movement.

The barbute (helmet), created cs. 1480, is also made of steel by an Italian craftsman. While kings wore expensive suits of armor lavishly decorated with symbolic imagery to proclaim their invincibility and moral right, common soldiers such as those seen in the painting nearby wore more utilitarian armor such as this helmet, which weighs almost seven pounds. Made of forged steel, the helmet protects the head and neck, but not the face.

  2011  /  Blog  /  Last Updated May 30, 2012 by The Molitor  /  Tags: ,

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