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PD1089

Pauldron
Author: Unknown
Origin: Unknown
Dating: 15th-16th century
Material: Iron
Dimensions (cm): 22 x 24
Weight: 1164 g
Inv. no.: PD1089

These were the parts of the armor that protected the shoulders. The term derived from the French épaule which meant shoulder.

These elements made out of metal developed from the 13th century onwards but, with the popularization of the firearms in the 16th century, they began to lose their purpose.

These objects reached their peak with the fashion of the Jousts in which two mounted knights exchanged strokes.

During this period it was common for pauldrons to be asymmetric so that the one in the knights’ non-dominant arm increased the user’s head protection.

Objeto museológico (PDB)