The Wallace Collection

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Saddle steel
  • Saddle steel
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • North Italy
  • c. 1600
  • Steel, silver and gold, counterfeit-damascened, embossed
  • Weight: 0.8 kg
  • A422
  • European Armoury II
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  • Rear saddle steel, comprised of two plates; embossed with a depiction of the conversion of Saul, with remains of counterfeit-damascening in gold on a darkened ground. Saul is shown unhorsed, surrounded by fleeing, kneeling and supine soldiers in Classical armour, before the figure of God in the sky, wreathed in clouds and emitting rays of divine light. Traces of damascening also remain on the borders; the upper edge is flanged but not roped.