Suit of half armour. North Italian (Milan)

This type of armour was intended for parade on foot but was also used for tournaments with blunt spears and swords fought over a barrier. In this case the open morion or as it is more commonly known 'helmet' would have been replaced by a stout close helmet decorated to match. The surfaces of the armour are etched in relief and gilt with bands of two different patterns.   At the neck of the breastplate is a small castle. This castle etched on the breastplate is thought to be the mark of a Milanese armourer. Underneath the armour is a green and purple velvet material tunic with puffed sleeves.
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