Made by Kunz Lochner / Armor of Emperor Ferdinand I / 1549Made by Kunz Lochner
Armor of Emperor Ferdinand I

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Creator Name: Lochner, Kunz
Creator Nationality: European; Northern European; German
Creator Role: Maker
Creator Dates/Places: 1510-1567
Creator Name-CRT: Made by Kunz Lochner
Title: Armor of Emperor Ferdinand I
Title Type: Object name
View: Full View
Creation Start Date: 1549
Creation End Date: 1549
Creation Date: 1549
Object Type: Decorative Arts and Utilitarian Objects
Classification Term: Armors
Materials and Techniques: Etched steel
Dimensions: H. 67 in. (170.2 cm)
AMICA Contributor: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Owner Location: New York, New York, USA
ID Number: 33.164
Credit Line: Purchase, George D. Pratt Gift and Rogers Fund, 1933

The ownership of this armor by Ferdinand I (1503-1564) is suggested by the heraldic emblems on the toe caps: the imperial double-headed eagle surmounted by a royal crown, which signifies Ferdinand's status as king of the Romans and designated successor to his brother, Emperor Charles V. The image of the Virgin and Child on the breastplate was also used by Charles V on his armors. The backplate is decorated with crossed staves and firesteels, the insignia of the Order of the Golden Fleece, of which Ferdinand was a member. Kunz Lochner, Nuremberg's most celebrated armorer of the period, made several armors for both Ferdinand and his son Archduke Maximilian (1527-1576), including two matching armors produced about 1546 that are similar to the one seen here.

The helmet was not originally made for the Museum's armor but has been associated with it since at least the early nineteenth century.

AMICA ID: MMA_.33.164
AMICA Library Year: 2000
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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