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Gothic Breastplate

This elegantly constructed breastplate consists of two primary plates of steel fastened at center by a rivet. The lower plate is embellished with a border of embossed flutes that converge upward and terminate in a fleur-de-lys. The pair of rivet holes in the upper right breast accommodated a lance rest, now lost.

Credit: Gift of Mr. and Mrs. John L. Severance...

late 1400s
53.2 x 35.2 x 16.3 cm
Image and text: The Cleveland Museum of Art, 2023

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The Cleveland Museum of Art
Permanent collection