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Blued, etched, and gilded steel
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. John L. Severance 1916.1888
Once part of a saddle, these plates protected the rider's thighs.
These plates, once part of a saddle, are from a tournament armor for man and horse made for the sons of Emperor Maximilian II, archdukes Rudolf and Ernst. Most of the remaining elements of this armor are still in the collections of the Imperial Armouries in Vienna. The decorative pattern (in the imperial colors of black and gold) forms elegant knots, with distinctive foliage and hop sprigs filling the loops.
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