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Cuirass of a Tankō

Cuirass of a Tankō

The earliest known armors worn in Japan were of either the keiko type or the tankō type seen here. The keiko is of lamellar construction, with overlapping bronze or iron scales laced together with leather or fa... more

Helmet (Spangenhelm)

Helmet (Spangenhelm)

This helmet comes from a small group of closely related Spangenhelme (strap helmets). The sites where they have been found are widely scattered, ranging from Sweden to Germany, the Balkans and Libya. The Metrop... more

Armor (Yoroi)

Armor (Yoroi)

This armor was donated to the Kurama Temple, near Kyoto, by one of the Ashikaga shoguns. During the late Edo period, it passed into the possession of Sakai, daimyo (lord) of Wakasa, then military governor of Ky... more

Armor (Yoroi)

Armor (Yoroi)

This is a rare example of a medieval yoroi. The yoroi is characterized by a cuirass that wraps around the body and is closed by a separate panel (waidate) on the right side and by a deep four-sided skirt. In us... more

Pair of Leg Guards

Pair of Leg Guards

This is the only known matching pair of mail-and-plate guards of the fifteenth century for the lower legs. Similar floral ornament and Arabic inscriptions also are found on turban helmets.

Sallet in the Franco-Burgundian Style

Sallet in the Franco-Burgundian Style

said to have been found in Givet, Champagne-Ardenne

Cuirass (Haramaki Dō)

Cuirass (Haramaki Dō)

Arms and Armor Department founding curator Bashford Dean's three-month trip to Japan in the spring of 1917 resulted in many important acquisitions for the Museum. Among them was this early example of a haramaki... more

Left Leg Guard in the Style of Turkman Armor

Left Leg Guard in the Style of Turkman Armor

This left leg guard, along with a right leg guard also in the Metropolitan Museum's collection (acc. no. 36.25.457), forms the only known matching pair of mail-and-plate guards of the fifteenth century for the ... more

Six Brigandine Plates
Backplate from a Brigandine

Backplate from a Brigandine

This plate would have protected the area at the top of the wearer's back at the base of the neck and between the shoulder blades. It retains large sections of its original textile covering.

Sallet
Sallet
Helmet (Sallet)

Helmet (Sallet)

This helmet is the only known example of armor to survive from the entire Nasrid period in Spain (1230–1492). Traditionally, it is said it belonged to Abd 'Abd Allāh Muhammad, known in the West as Boabdil, the ... more

Right Leg Guard in the Style of Turkman Armor

Right Leg Guard in the Style of Turkman Armor

This right leg guard, along with a left leg guard also in the Metropolitan Museum's collection (acc. no. 1990.229), forms the only known matching pair of mail-and-plate guards of the fifteenth century for the l... more

Thigh Defense
Great Sallet

Great Sallet

Apparently the forerunner of the one-piece barbute that appeared in Italy about 1440 these distinctive two-piece sallets are known only from Chalcis and other Aegean sites.

Breastplate with applied stop-ribs

Breastplate with applied stop-ribs

This early example of a one-piece breastplate comes from a large horde of armor from the fortress of the knights of the Order of Saint John of Jerusalem on the Mediterranean island of Rhodes, which fell to the ... more

Defense for the Left Thigh (Cuisse)

Defense for the Left Thigh (Cuisse)

This cuisse is distinguished by its elegant shape and by the applied stop-rib and the prominently turned upper edge, which are designed to provide additional protection.

Armet

Armet

In Italy from 1410 to 1510, the armet was the standard helmet for cavalry. This rare early example has flanges to protect the hinges of the cheekpieces and a staple at the front where a visor was secured.

Armet

Armet

This is one of the earliest complete examples of an armet, the characteristic headpiece worn in Italy by mounted soldiers from about 1410 to about 1510. It is stamped with the armorer's name, LIONARDO, and his ... more

Sallet