The Wallace Collection

The Wallace Collection, A Family Collection, A National Museum, An International Treasure House
  • Cuisse
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Italy, possibly
  • c. 1500 - c. 1510
  • Iron or steel and leather, fluted
  • Weight: 1.15 kg
  • A290
  • European Armoury I
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  • Cuisse, a pair with A289. The thigh piece is comprised of one main plate, embossed with six vertical, evenly spaced flutes, above which are five narrow, sloping lames articulated to a top plate embossed with obliquely curved flutes. Each has a longitudinal side-piece, which extends round the leg, and is not hinged but attached to the main plate by rivets and a longitudinal leather strap. A leather tab is fixed to the inside the top plate, cut into three scallops and pierced for arming points.
    Thpoleyn is connected by two articulated lames to the thigh plate. It has a prominent central ridge and is made in one piece with the heart-shaped and fluted side-wing.

    This pair of cuisses is of unusual pattern and present a form transitional between the Gothic and 'Maximilian' styles.