Royal Armouries

Peytral

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monochrome stereo photographs of armour displays

The armour of the Earl of Leicester in the Line of Kings showing peytral VI.73

  • monochrome stereo photographs of armour displays

    The armour of the Earl of Leicester in the Line of Kings showing peytral VI.73

  • monochrome photo of the rear section of a horse armour

    Peytral of a horse armour. English or Flemish, about 1515 (VI.74, 82, 88-9)

  • monochrome photo of the front section of a horse armour

    Peytral of a horse armour. English or Flemish, about 1515 (VI.74, 82, 88-9)

  • monochrome photo of the rear section of a horse armour

    Crupper of a horse armour. English or Flemish, about 1515 (VI.74, 82, 88-9)

  • monochome photo of armour for the front of a horse's head

    Shaffron. Italian or Flemish, about 1515 (VI.31)

Object number: VI.73

Statistics

Object Provenance: German, about 1520
Object Number: VI.73
Weight: 3.2 kg (7 lb 2 oz)

Peytral

Description

The peytral, formed of three main plates, is made with large bosses to allow room for the shoulder muscles of the horse. Each boss is embossed with a human head, full-face, wearing a hood with two points at the top. At the outer side of each head is an embossed heart, leading to a series of chevron flutes. The main edges are made in separate sections, with very bold roping. The outer right main panel is restored. The missing panel is in the Museo Stibbert, Florence.

This peytral formed the horse armour for the Greenwich armour of Robert Dudley, earl of Leicester (II.81), in the Line of Kings from about 1827.

Old Tower collection, probably purchased in the 19th century.

Statistics

Object Provenance: German, about 1520
Object Number: VI.73
Weight: 3.2 kg (7 lb 2 oz)

Related Objects

Horse Armour Click on the title link above to find out more.

Dates from 1510 | Object number: VI.74, 82, 88–9

Horse Armour Click on the title link above to find out more.

Object number: VI.31, VI.76, VI.83, VI.90–1

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