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Brigandine (body defense)

Artist/maker unknown, European

Made in Europe
Probably made in Italy, Europe


Steel; tinned brass; canvas; red silk

Weight (Front portion): 13.3 lb., 13 pounds 4.9 ounces (6035 x 6035g) Weight (Rear portion): 10.1 lb., 10 pounds 1.6 ounces (4580 x 4580g) Weight (Total): 23.4 lb., 23 pounds 6.4 ounces (10615 x 10615g)

Curatorial Department:
European Decorative Arts and Sculpture

Object Location:

Currently not on view

Accession Number:

Credit Line:
Bequest of Carl Otto Kretzschmar von Kienbusch, 1977

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A popular type of body armor as early as c. 1400, brigandines became increasingly uncommon after 1500 as firearms were becoming more effective. Probably intended for a noble patron, this example may be the latest western European brigandine known to exist.