Articulated artificial left hand and forearm, iron, (previously thought to be owned by Gotz von Berlichingen), possibly German, 1560-1600
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. Believed to date from 1560-1600, but other examples of these arms have been recognised as later copies.
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- artificial arm
- furnishing and equipment
- tools & equipment
- artificial limb
- Hamonic Collection
- Loan: Wellcome Trust
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