Medieval Inspiration

Highland Targe (from the Metroplitan Museum of Art) 1700–1750 Wood, leather, brass, horn, textile Diameter, 19 3/4 in. OK, I know that this isn’t medieval, but still cool

It may be obvious, but I love medieval metalwork. The armor, the jewelry, the fantastic book covers. I’ve been fortunate enough to have seen some in person at various museums. (I’ve mentioned some specific ones in a previous post.) Today I was surfing through a few museum sites and it’s just fun to look at the weird bits of armor, the religious accoutrements, and whatnot that you have access to online. Some museums are very guarded with images of their work, but the Met and the Walters give you amazing access to their collections. If you are ever looking for inspiration from the masters, you can find it 24 hours a day from anywhere in the world with internet access.

Here are some great finds I found today:

Irish penannular brooch (from the Walters Art Museum) 6th-7th century (Early Medieval) bronze with traces of gilt H: 4 15/16 x W: 2 9/16 x D: 1/2 in.
Temple Pendant with Filigree Border (from the Metropolitan Museum of Art) 11th–12th century, Kiev Silver, niello 2 x 2 3/16 x 5/8 in.
Buronet Helmet and Reinforce for a Field Breastplate of Emperor Maximilian II (from the Walters Museum of Art) Jörg Sorg the younger (German, ca. 1522-1603) (Artist) Mathaus Frauenpriess the Elder (German, 1527-1576) (Artist) German 1549-1550 etched and gilded steel, leather (helmet altered)
Byzantine Key (from the Walters Art Museum) 5th-7th century bronze
Comb Morion (from the Metropolitan Museum of Art) ca. 1580–90 German (Brunswick?) Steel, brass, leather

And of course… CHICKEN!*

Aquamanile in the Form of a Cock (from the Cloisters Collection at the Met) 13th century Lower Saxony, Germany Copper alloy 9 15/16 x 9 9/16 x 3 9/16 in.
*Yes, I know that this is not a chicken, but a cock. I just like to say CHICKEN!

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