European Armor

Hello and welcome back! In this post we have a look at some sixteenth- and seventeenth-century European armor. These outfits were crafted for kings, noblemen and their horses for when they rode into battle or participated in competitive tournaments. During these medieval times, these were some of the tools of the trade, so to speak. The average suit of armor weighed between 45 to 60 pounds, but some weighed in excess of 150 pounds.  I guess one could consider these the business suits of the day. :-)

Suits of Armor
Suits of Armor

Zooming in provides a closer look at some of the detail.

Suits of Armor - Close up
Suits of Armor - Close up

An image showing the back of the suit is below.

Suits of Armor - Close up - Rear
Suits of Armor - Close up - Rear

Here's a look at the main display in the corridor. I started not to even take this image since it's the first thing you see when you enter this exhibit, meaning it's likely been photographed a gazillion times. But...  :-)

Suits of Armor Display
Suits of Armor Display

The Arms and Armor exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City is a very extensive collection of weaponry, some dating back to the fifth century. Historic axes, crossbows, swords, rifles and guns can all be found in this wing. If you find yourself in NYC and have a day to invest, this would be time well spent.

Thanks for visiting, everyone!

4-4-2011 8-19-18 PM
4-4-2011 8-19-18 PM
4-4-2011 8-19-18 PM
4-4-2011 8-19-18 PM