Object Title

Left poleyn

Left poleyn

Object Number

III.850

Provenance

Originally in the Reale Armería (Royal Armoury) of Charles V, in Madrid. The pair was bought at Oxenham's room on 21 July 1842 with a number of other items

Physical Description

Embossed in the form of a monster's head with a wing-like ear. The skin of the monster is rendered in 'goldschmelz' patterns against a blued ground, now almost brown. The lower inside corner has been broken and repaired.

Techniques

Handmade

Materials

Dimensions

OverallDepth100 mm
OverallLength185 mm
OverallWeight312 g
OverallWidth135 mm

Inscriptions and Marks

none

Associations

Places Germany

Bibliographic References

A.R. Dufty and W. Reid, European Armour in the Tower of London, 1968, plate CXXXV

J.G. Mann, Exhibition of Spanish Royal Armour, H.M. Tower of London, 9 April-25 September, 1960. Cat No.18.

Notes

This poleyn and III.850 are illustrated in the Inventario Illuminado of the Emperor Charles V where they are fitted to cuisses and splint greaves. They are also illustrated with the same leg defences in the Thun'sche Skizzenbuch, (f. 37v). Valued with III.849