Thigh Defence (Cuisse)
Possibly Daniel Hopfer (about 1470–1536)
Southern Germany, Augsburg
Museum no. 402-1864
This piece of battle armour is characteristic of the early 16th century. Its fluted ridges imitate the pleated clothing fashionable at the time. The etched decoration, featuring bare-breasted sphinxes and cherubs’ heads, is very similar to surviving prints by Daniel Hopfer. Unlike the fluting, which is hammered out from behind, the etching does not alter the shape of the armour or compromise its rigidity.