Iron artificial arm, Europe, 1560-1600

Made:
1560-1600 in Germany
maker:
Unknown

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Artificial iron arm, once thought to have been owned by Gotz von Berlichingen (1480-1562), the German knight and
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Artificial iron arm, once thought to have been owned by Gotz von Berlichingen (1480-1562), the German knight and
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Artificial iron arm, once thought to have been owned by Gotz von Berlichingen (1480-1562), the German knight and
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

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.

Details

Category:
Orthopaedics
Object Number:
A121449
type:
artificial arm
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • tools & equipment
  • prosthesis
  • artificial limb
credit:
Hamonic Collection
status:
Loan: Wellcome Trust

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