Collection

D176756
D176758
D176759

Armour on wooden figure

Artist
Locality
Augsburg or Nuremberg
Date
c. 1550
Material/Technique
Steel, partly gilded, wood, polychromed
Dimensions
H. 179 cm
Location
Gallery 18
Inventory Number
W 4752
Categories
Arms and Armour
Epoch
Renaissance

Description

Suits of armour dressed on wooden figures from the 16th century are extremely rare and only known to exist in a few churches and old armouries. For centuries, this wooden figure dressed in armour stood like a silent guard in the parish church of Peterskirchen near Dietersburg in Lower Bavaria. Hans Christoph von Pienzenau (d. 1577) probably donated the armour as a votive offering to the church in which his family had a burial site. The style of the beard corresponds to the fashion in the middle of the 16th century. The armour's modest décor of broad gilded ornamental bands is typical of southern German armour of that time.

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