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Saddle steel
  • Saddle steel
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • North Italy
  • c. 1540
  • Steel, gold and silver, embossed, counterfeit-damascened and gilded
  • Weight: 0.64 kg
  • A418
  • European Armoury II
Images & Media
Further Reading
  • Rear saddle steel, part of a set with the front steel of three pieces A419. Of one plate, embossed and counterfeit-damascened (rather more of the gold survives here than on the front steel), represents Neptune seated in a chariot drawn by sea-horses, with tritons and sea-centaurs on either side blowing conch shells. The compositions are boldly conceived on a large scale and well executed.

    The design is reminiscent of the well-known engravings of merfolk by Andrea Mantegna (Bartsch, XIII, nos. 17-8).