Iron artificial arm, 1560-1600.
4 0 c m
actual image size: 25cm x 32cm

Iron artificial arm, 1560-1600.

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Artificial iron arm, once thought to have been owned by Gotz von Berlichingen (1480-1562), the German knight and adventurer who served with the Holy Roman Emperor Charles V against the Turks. Artificial limbs such as these were expensive items made by armourers, and they allowed wearers, who had lost a limb in combat, to continue with their fighting career. This example is believed to date from 1560-1600, but other examples of these arms have been recognised as later copies. Full view (palm down).

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