Apr 27, 2020
Oct 22, 2010

Buffe (etched with bands of trophies)

Buffe (etched with bands of trophies)

c. 1550–1600

Etched steel

Overall: 25.5 x 17.5 x 13.8 cm (10 1/16 x 6 7/8 x 5 7/16 in.)

Weight: 880 g (1.94 lbs.)

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. John L. Severance 1916.1930

Did you know?

Etching is a technique where either the design or its ground is bitten into the metal surface with acid, the rest being protected by a protective wax or varnish.


Shown here together is a burgonet, buffe, and breastplate all decorated with a technique known as etching. A burgonet is a light open helmet characterized by a peak, a fall over the eyes, and hinged earpieces. The face is protected by the addition of a buffe, a sperate detachable element worn with the open helmet that extends to the throat. It connects to the breastplate which protects the abdomen and is worn with a backplate.

See also
MED - Arms & Armor
Medieval Art
Type of artwork: 
Arms and Armor
Etched steel

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