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Three-quarter Black and White Armor

Three-quarter Black and White Armor

c. 1540–50

Steel; leather straps

Lent by The Royal Armouries, Leeds 35.2008

Did you know?

The codpiece was a common feature of male clothing at this time and here is replicated in steel.


Plate armor alternately decorated with brightly polished ("white") and darkened ("black") surface areas is known as "black and white" armor. The black color results from either painting the surface areas, or merely leaving them dark from the forging process. The armor center of Nuremberg, situated near South Germany's ore-producing region, was famous for its production of this style of armor during the mid-1500s.

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

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