All Gothic armour is rare but horse armour dated before 1500 is especially so.

This horse-armour is remarkably complete, comprising a chanfron for the head, a laminated crinet for the neck, a hinged peytrel for the chest, two large plates covering the flanks, and a crupper in the form of a grotesque dragon with legs. There are also hinged plates to protect the bridle. The surfaces of the plates are broken up in the German Gothic manner with decorative flutings, and, in the centre of the peytrel, is a large grotesque mask embossed and chased in a style characteristic of the time.


Ducal family, Anhalt; W.R.Hearst.

Royal Armouries Museum

Armouries Drive, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS10 1LT
0113 220 1999

Opening times

Mon – Sun, 10am – 5pm Closed 24 – 26 Dec

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