Buronet Helmet and Reinforce for a Field Breastplate of Emperor Maximilian II ca. 1549
This triple-crested helmet and outer breastplate are from a splendid garniture made for Archduke Maximilian of Austria (1527-76), son of Holy Roman Emperor Ferdinand I, and himself a future emperor.
These pieces are for the field-the battlefield or the joust. Commissioned from the famous German armor maker Mattheus Frauenpreiss, this garniture exhibits the restrained magnificence appropriate to Maximilian’s status. The reinforcing breastplate consists of two plates that overlap vertically to allow movement. Fitted over the normal breastplate, it provided extra protection in combat. The decoration, consisting of bands with animals and trophies, was etched and gilded by Jörg Sorg.