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Muzzle
  • Muzzle
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Germany
  • 1561
  • Steel
  • Height: 25.4 cm
    Weight: 0.85 kg
  • Inscription: 'WEN GOT WIL SO IST MI ZIL / Wenn Gott will, so ist mein Zeil' 'As God wills, so is my aim'
    Inscription: '1561'
    Inscription: 'PENHART BAUER' (Bernhart Bauer) apparently the owner's name
  • A450
  • Reserve Gallery
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  • Horse muzzle, composed of a steel framework, ornamented with pierced panels and chiselled bars. At the top is an openwork band of inscription in Roman letters:

    WEN GOT WIL SO IST MI ZIL

    (‘Wenn Gott will, so ist mein Zeil’; 'As God wills, so is my aim')

    Immediately below is an applied panel pierced with the Imperial crowned eagle and the date 1561; the panel is supported by two lizards chiselled in the round. The circular openwork panel which forms the bottom of the muzzle bears, in openwork lettering, the inscription:

    PERNHART BAWAR

    ‘Bernhart Bauer’ was apparently the owner's name (see also A453). Two chevron-like bars at the back. A third chevron-like bar at the back is now missing.

    A comparable muzzle, dated 1567, perhaps from the same workshop, was in the collection of Frédéric Spitzer (1892 cat., VI, no. 505, illus.).