Department of Arms and Armor at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Department of Arms and Armor at the Metropolitan Museum of Art The Met's Arms and Armor collection is one of the most comprehensive and encyclopedic of its kind, comprising over 14,000 objects, focusing on works that show outstanding design and decoration, rather than those of purely military or technical interest.

Curator in charge of Arms and Armor, Pierre Terjanian, discusses The Met's portions of a costume armor, ca. 1525 byKolma...
06/21/2019
82nd & Fifth from The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Curator in charge of Arms and Armor, Pierre Terjanian, discusses The Met's portions of a costume armor, ca. 1525 by
Kolman Helmschmid (German, Augsburg 1471–1532) in "Fashion Plate."

Backplate and rump: Gift of Bashford Dean, 1924; vambraces: Mrs. Stephen V. Harkness Fund, 1926; top lames of vambraces: Bashford Dean Memorial Collection, Funds from various donors, 1929 (24.179; 26.188.1, .2; 29.158.363a, b).

Former Met Arms and Armor curator Dirk Breiding contemplates the duality of war and the role of art which represents con...
06/20/2019
War and Conflict | Connections | The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Former Met Arms and Armor curator Dirk Breiding contemplates the duality of war and the role of art which represents conflict in this episode of "Connections." #WorldRefugeDay

Arms and armor curator Dirk Breiding contemplates the duality of war and the role of art which represents conflict.

From the sixteenth century on, pierced blades were popular in Turkey, Arabia, Iran, and India, and there are a number of...
06/19/2019

From the sixteenth century on, pierced blades were popular in Turkey, Arabia, Iran, and India, and there are a number of examples in the Met's collection. This one features a slot for "rolling balls", which here are tiny polished rubies and emeralds, that were strung on a wire dropped through a hole at the top of the blade before the tang was welded on.

Indigenous to India, daggers fitted with hilts of this type are known as chilanum and are characterized by an elongated splayed pommel and guard, sometimes chevronlike or curved to create a double crescent, usually with baluster-shaped grips; in some examples the forward quillon is curved upward to form a knuckle guard. The hilt type probably originated in the Deccan.

The hilt of this dagger, like the blade, seems to date from the seventeenth century. It is decorated with restraint and clarity. As with much Indian jewelry and jeweled daggers, the hilt of this example is difficult to attribute to a particular center because there are no precisely dated parallels.
For more on this dagger, check out the Met's website!
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Dagger with Sheath. Hilt, Indian, Mughal; blade, Turkish or Indian, Late 17th century. Bequest of George C. Stone, 1935 (36.25.666a, b)

Founded by Muhammad I ibn Nasr of Arjona (r. 1232–73), the Nasrid dynasty ruled Granada and neighboring Jaén, Almería, a...
06/18/2019
The Art of the Nasrid Period (1232–1492) | Essay | Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History | The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Founded by Muhammad I ibn Nasr of Arjona (r. 1232–73), the Nasrid dynasty ruled Granada and neighboring Jaén, Almería, and Málaga in the southern Iberian Peninsula. The early period of Nasrid rule was characterized by insistent pressure from Christian armies from the north, which successfully conquered Valencia, Játiva, and Jaén and made the Nasrids tribute-paying vassals in 1243. The Nasrids formed tentative alliances with the Marinids of the Maghrib and kept uneasy peace with their Christian overlords. Despite its precarious political situation, for over two and a half centuries Granada served as a great cultural center of the Muslim West, attracting leading scholars and literati of the day.

“Despite its precarious political situation, for over two and a half centuries Granada served as a great cultural center of the Muslim West, attracting leading scholars and literati of the day.”

Silas Allen produced a large number of muskets for the state militia in addition to custom-made hunting and target rifle...
06/18/2019

Silas Allen produced a large number of muskets for the state militia in addition to custom-made hunting and target rifles for private customers. This rifle is possibly his finest work and ranks among the best New England rifles of the early nineteenth century. Its original owner, Jacob Bates, was a distinguished veteran of the American Revolution. The rifle was acquired for the Metropolitan Museum in 1938 directly from his great granddaughter Ethel C. Morse.
#metarmsandarmor #armsandarmor #themet #silasallen #newengland #silverinlay #rifle #patchbox
Flintlock Rifle with Case and Bullet Mould Made for Colonel Jacob Bates (1746–1836). American, Shrewsbury, Massachusetts, ca. 1820. Gift of Christian A. Zabriskie, 1938 (38.116a–k)

The grip of this superb late-nineteenth-century sword hilt is a miniature sculpture in the round of the Virgin Mary. Rev...
06/17/2019
Sword Hilt | Albert-Ernest Carrier-Belleuse, Lucien Falize | 1989.229 | Work of Art | Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History | The Metropolitan Museum of Art

The grip of this superb late-nineteenth-century sword hilt is a miniature sculpture in the round of the Virgin Mary. Revered as the Mother of God, Mary is the object of the greatest devotion in the Christian tradition after Jesus. The basket guard surrounding the grip is a splendidly executed low-relief sculpture that depicts the archangel Michael vanquishing Satan.

The hilt was modeled by the sculptor Albert-Ernest Carrier-Belleuse (1824–1887) and was carried out in gilt bronze by the goldsmith Lucien Falize (1842–1897) in Paris about 1882. It was commissioned by Gaston, Prince of Béarn and Chalais, whose coat of arms and motto, DEI GRATIA SVM QVOD SVM (By the grace of God I am what I am), appear on the hilt at the feet of the Virgin. Mary's status as the Queen of Heaven is conveyed by the sword pommel, made in the shape of a crown of lilies placed above her head. Lilies, which symbolize purity and the Virgin's calling as the mother of Jesus, are one of Mary's most frequently depicted attributes.

Sword Hilt designed and modeled by Albert-Ernest Carrier-Belleuse (French, Anizy-le-Château 1824–1887 Sèvres), executed by Lucien Falize (French, Paris, 1842–1897). French, Paris, 1881–82. Purchase, Gift of William H. Riggs, by exchange, 1989 (1989.229).

Designer: Designed and modeled by Albert-Ernest Carrier-Belleuse (French, Anizy-le-Château 1824–1887 Sèvres). Goldsmith: Executed by Lucien Falize (Fren...

06/17/2019
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See the schedule at met.org/WorldPrideNYC2019

There’s something new out front for #WorldPrideNYC! 🌈 Join us this week and next for special programs and events in honor of the global #Pride celebration, this year happening right here in NYC. #NYCPride

See the schedule at met.org/WorldPrideNYC2019

06/14/2019
#MetKids—How Does the Museum Take Care of All the Armor?

Join Xavier, age 11, and learn how The Met's conservators keep the Arms and Armor collection looking sharp! #MetKids

Join Xavier, age 11, and learn how The Met's conservators keep the Arms and Armor collection looking sharp! Credits #MetKids is a digital feature made for, w...

Be sure to check out our installation "Imperial Patrons of the Military Arts of the Qing Dynasty" in Arms and Armor gall...
06/13/2019

Be sure to check out our installation "Imperial Patrons of the Military Arts of the Qing Dynasty" in Arms and Armor gallery 378, which features an outstanding group of loans and rarely exhibited works from our permanent collection! #metarmsandarmor #armsandarmor #themet #Qing #ImperialPatrons #QingDynasty #China #Chineseart

Although close in form to the well-known style of Mongolian, Chinese, and Tibetan stirrups still in use in the region to...
06/13/2019
Pair of stirrups | Work of Art | Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History | The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Although close in form to the well-known style of Mongolian, Chinese, and Tibetan stirrups still in use in the region today, this pair, with its slender proportions and accomplished decoration, is earlier and finer than most examples of this type. The dragon heads are chiseled in high relief with deep undercutting and some piercing. The treads, where the rider's feet would rest, are decorated with the interlocked design known as the King's Earrings, damascened in silver.

Date: 16th–18th century. Culture: Tibetan. Medium: Iron, gold, silver. Dimensions: Stirrup (a); H. 5 1/8 in. (13 cm); W. 4 3/4 in. (12.1 cm); D. 3 3/8 in....

This helmet is remarkable for the three-dimensional figure of a rooster's head in the center of the visor, which is an o...
06/12/2019

This helmet is remarkable for the three-dimensional figure of a rooster's head in the center of the visor, which is an outstanding example of sculpture in steel and is unprecedented even among mask visors.

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Armet with Mask Visor in the Form of a Rooster. German, probably Augsburg, ca. 1530. Bashford Dean Memorial Collection, Bequest of Bashford Dean, 1928 (29.150.3a) @ The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

#MetKids FUN FACT – This is the only example of Japanese armor from the 1300s in the United States. Only a handful of th...
06/11/2019
Armor (Yoroi)

#MetKids FUN FACT – This is the only example of Japanese armor from the 1300s in the United States. Only a handful of these are left in the world!

Armor (Yoroi) of Ashikaga Takauji (1305–1358). Japanese, early to mid–14th century. Gift of Bashford Dean, 1914 (14.100.121a–e).

Learn about art with #MetKids. Explore Armor (Yoroi) with fun facts, creative activities, and more.

This rare pistol may not be the prettiest thing in the world, but it is nevertheless distinguished by the creative ingen...
06/11/2019

This rare pistol may not be the prettiest thing in the world, but it is nevertheless distinguished by the creative ingenuity of its design, particularly its inverted flintlock. This repositioning of the ignition mechanism is emblematic of London gunmakers’ pursuit of inventive methods to improve upon traditional firearm design. Joseph Egg, one of the preeminent gunmakers active in London in the early nineteenth century, patented the configuration in 1813, likely drawing inspiration from a small group of German rifles made in the 1750s which also featured inverted flintlocks. Benefits of the inverted lock included a cleaner sightline down the barrel and a downward-directed flash that allowed for improved vision when firing. Ultimately, Egg’s design failed to gain popularity and few firearms of this type were made. Today, only three inverted flintlocks by Egg and Henry Tatham, a gunmaker with whom Egg partnered from 1801–14, are known. **Featured in our new show, The Art of London Firearms** #metarmsandarmor #armsandarmor #themet #LondonFirearms #pistol #firearms #JosephEgg #Egg #London #ingenuity #creativity

Flintlock Pistol with Inverted Lock. Joseph Egg (1775–1837) and Henry Tatham (1770–1825). British, London, ca. 1813–14. Gift of Charles M. Schott Jr., 1917 (19.53.49) @ The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Cleaning the cavalcade before the Museum opens to the public. View from the rearmost horse in Gallery 371. #metarmsandar...
06/10/2019

Cleaning the cavalcade before the Museum opens to the public. View from the rearmost horse in Gallery 371. #metarmsandarmor #armsandarmor #themet #equestrian #horse #horses #armor #horsearmor

Friends of Arms and Armor brings together an international group with a serious interest in, or simply curiosity about, ...
06/10/2019
Friends of Arms and Armor and the Negroli Society

Friends of Arms and Armor brings together an international group with a serious interest in, or simply curiosity about, the armorer's art and its manifestations across all places and time, to foster a wider appreciation and deeper understanding of this extraordinarily rich, diverse, and universal art form.

Friends and the Negroli Society play a vital role in supporting the acquisitions, research, and other activities of the Department of Arms and Armor.

This international group brings together individuals with a serious interest in, or simply curiosity about, the armorer's art and its manifestations across all places and times, to foster a wider appreciation and deeper understanding of this extraordinarily rich, diverse, and pervasive art form.

Have you ever wondered what it's like to wear armor? What about dancing in it? Join Karlissah and Naomi as they break it...
06/07/2019
#MetKids—How Do You Dance in Armor?

Have you ever wondered what it's like to wear armor? What about dancing in it? Join Karlissah and Naomi as they break it down with dancers from the street dance company It's Showtime NYC! in this #MetKids video.

Then, come see for yourself tonight in Arms and Armor gallery 371, from 5–8pm, for the FINAL performance of "Battle! Hip-Hop in Armor!"

Have you ever wondered what it's like to wear a suit of armor? What about dancing in it? Join Karlissah and Naomi as they break it down with dancers from the street dance company It's Showtime NYC!

The Arms and Armor Department of the Metropolitan Museum has many splendid examples of fire-gilt armor and weapons on di...
06/07/2019
Fire Gilding of Arms and Armor | Essay | Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History | The Metropolitan Museum of Art

The Arms and Armor Department of the Metropolitan Museum has many splendid examples of fire-gilt armor and weapons on display. Perhaps the most striking example is the armor for field and tournament (19.131.1,.2), which has been gilt in its entirety, primarily for its stunning visual effect, but also to protect the delicately etched steel surface from corrosion. Equally impressive is the combination of bluing and gilding shown in the armor of George Clifford (32.130.6), with its distinctive contrasting patterns of gold and heat-blued steel. Firegilding could also be easily applied in the recesses of etching, on rivet heads, or as part of an area of decoration (14.25.716). The armor for Henry II of France (39.121) combines gilding with an elaborately embossed surface, areas of bluing, and areas of silvering, creating a sumptuous and lavish appearance.

“The gilt surface must be polished and burnished, but when complete it is bright and lustrous, a fitting decoration for masterwork arms and armor.”

Today is the 75th anniversary of D-Day, June 6, 1944. The Department of Arms and Armor played a role in designing helmet...
06/06/2019

Today is the 75th anniversary of D-Day, June 6, 1944. The Department of Arms and Armor played a role in designing helmets during the Second World War. Pictured here is the Model T-21 E2 non-ballistic prototype, hand-hammered in aluminum by the Department's Armorer, Leonard Heinrich. It should be noted that in addition to making this T-21 prototype in 1945, in 1940 or 1941 Leonard Heinrich also made an original prototype model designated TS-2, the next stage of which, the TS-3, was adopted as the classic M1 helmet used by US forces throughout WWII.

Swipe to see a period photo of Leonard Heinrich with the helmet, and a photo of it on the set for photography for an upcoming publication! #metarmsandarmor #armsandarmor #themet #dday #WWII

Leonard Heinrich, Model T-21 E2 Helmet Prototype. American, 1945 (2016.628).

Armorer and Conservator in the Department of Arms and Armor @hunter.ted repairs a replica gauntlet for this Friday's FIN...
06/05/2019

Armorer and Conservator in the Department of Arms and Armor @hunter.ted repairs a replica gauntlet for this Friday's FINAL performance of "Battle! Hip-Hop in Armor." This is your last chance to see the dancers from @itsshowtimenyc perform in the Arms and Armor galleries. Head to Arms and Armor gallery 371 from 5–8pm, Friday, June 7th to catch the final performance!
#metarmsandarmor #armsandarmor #themet #MetLiveArts #hiphopinarmor #showtimeatTheMet #itsshowtimenyc #dancebattle #hiphopdance

06/05/2019
Battle Hip Hop in Armor at the MET Museum

Catch a sneak peak of the dancers from It's Showtime NYC! in a previous performance of "Battle! Hip-Hop in Armor" and hear from Arms and Armor curator Pierre Terjanian about the creation of the collaboration with MetLiveArts in this BronxNet video feature.

The FINAL performance of "Battle! Hip-Hop in Armor" takes place this Friday, June 7th in Arms and Armor gallery 371 starting at 5pm!

Hip-hop dancers and Freestyle performers from "It's ShowTime NYC" a company that specializes in training b-boys and girls in street style dancing; battled at...

This publication chronicles more than a decade of collecting by the Department of Arms and Armor at the Metropolitan Mus...
06/05/2019
Arms and Armor

This publication chronicles more than a decade of collecting by the Department of Arms and Armor at the Metropolitan Museum.

This publication chronicles more than a decade of collecting by the Department of Arms and Armor at the Metropolitan Museum. The refurbished galleries in The Pierpont Morgan Wing opened in 1991 with a new presentation of about eleven hundred of the finest pieces from the Museum's encyclopedic collec...

Happy Eid al-Fitr!Celebrate the end of Ramadan by feasting your eyes on this tray of jeweled daggers!#metarmsandarmor #a...
06/04/2019

Happy Eid al-Fitr!
Celebrate the end of Ramadan by feasting your eyes on this tray of jeweled daggers!
#metarmsandarmor #armsandarmor #themet #eid #IslamicArmsandArmor
Tray of Jeweled Daggers. Turkish, probably late 19th century (23.232.1, .3a, b, .4a, b, .6a, b–.8a, b).

Spectrum News NY1 visited a past performance of "Battle! Hip-Hop in Armor" and spoke with Curator in Charge of Arms and ...
06/03/2019
Subway Breakdancing Meets the Middle Ages

Spectrum News NY1 visited a past performance of "Battle! Hip-Hop in Armor" and spoke with Curator in Charge of Arms and Armor about the conception of this performance series as a way to teach visitors about what it was like to move in armor, and how the dance battles reference the theoretical framework of battle in the past.

The final performance of this collaboration with MetLiveArts, the Department of Arms and Armor at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the fierce dancers of It's Showtime NYC takes place this Friday, June 7th, from 5–8pm in Arms and Armor gallery 371.

The collaboration is called Battle Hip-Hop in Armor.

Among the works newly installed in Gallery 371 is this elegantly proportioned and delicately ornamented ax, which probab...
06/03/2019

Among the works newly installed in Gallery 371 is this elegantly proportioned and delicately ornamented ax, which probably served more as a symbol of authority than as a weapon for mounted warfare. The surfaces are etched and gilt with foliage on an obliquely hatched ground, in the manner of early-Italian ornamental prints. The ax blade is further decorated on one side with a shield enclosing the Medici arms and a Latin inscription around the edges BENIFICIVM · DANDO · ACCEPIT · QVI · DIGNO · DEDIT (He who confers a benefit has received one if he has given it to a man worthy of it), and on the other side with the device of an inflatable soccerlike ball and the inscription FALLENTI · NON · FACILE · RVRSVS · ADHIBENDA · EST (Trust is not again to be placed easily in those who have once deceived). Although the inflatable ball was used as a personal badge by several members of the Medici family, here it most likely refers to Cardinal Ippolito de' Medici (1511–1535), a youthful prelate more at home in armor than his scarlet robes of office. In 1532 Ippolito commanded an expedition against the Turks in Hungary, an event immortalized in Titian's portrait in the Uffizi, Florence, in which the cardinal wears the exotic costume of a Hungarian soldier. This ax very likely accompanied Ippolito on that campaign.

For almost two centuries a large armory occupied a suite of galleries on the upper floor of the Uffizi, where the dynastic collections of the Medici rulers of Florence were displayed. The armory was seen by a steady stream of local and foreign visitors who marveled at harnesses worn by famous men, curious weapons of earlier times, and richly jeweled arms from the Orient. The Museum's ax undoubtedly entered the armory as a memento of Ippolito following his death, but it is only clearly identifiable in an inventory of the Medici armory in Florence in 1695, where it is described as having a wooden haft studded with brass nails with rosette heads. The present haft is a modern replacement. In 1775, when the Medici collections were reorganized, a large portion of the armory was sold. The dispersal scattered the contents far and wide, but more than a half dozen of these a @ The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

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