Friday, 6 May 2016

Military History Photo Friday: Armor in the Museo Cerralbo, Madrid

This week over at Black Gate I blogged about the amazing collection at the Museo Cerralbo, Madrid. Enrique de Aguilera y Gamboa (1845-1922), 17th Marquis of Cerralbo, gathered together a vast collection of art and antiquities in his mansion in Spain's capital. He had everything from old books and Roman intaglios to ornate brass lamps and suits of armor. It's now a fun museum.

Sadly, there isn't much signage in the museum and I'm not much of an expert, so I won't be able to tell you much about these pieces. If you can identify any, please drop me a line in the comments section! Hit the link above to see the full article!

Photos copyright Sean McLachlan.

A lovely suit of samurai armor.
A German zweihander (two-handed sword), plus bits of barding (horse armor), and two types of polearm--a halberd (left) and a corseque (right)


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Shame they don't know any of the details on the collection.

D.G. Hudson said...

That Samurai suit looks so different from the western versions of armour. Does it have a moustache? It appears the intent is to scare the opposition. . .that always helps.Thanks for sharing some of the content you see in the museums, Sean.

Sean McLachlan said...

D.G.: A lot of the samurai facemasks I've seen sport fake moustaches and bards. Not sure why. I'd be more intimidated by a razor sharp samurai sword swinging for my neck!

Donna Volkenannt said...

Thanks for the virtual tour, Sean. If these swords and masks could talk, what tales they might tell.

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