I had the pleasure of visiting the Metropolitan Museum of Art
this past Saturday. Naturally I spent most of my time in the Arms and Armor collection, and I must say, since I haven’t been to the collection since I started this blog, it was interesting seeing many of the artifacts I’ve since seen and admired online in a different light.
Most of the pictures I’ll had here (there are 19) are of artifacts I have posted before, but now I get to share them with you in their display.
Like this beautiful bastard, which I think both @peashooter85 and I have posted before
and this Rennzeug jousting armor.
I have never posted the famous display of mounted armor before, so here it is from the front (though I have posted individual elements from it before.)
This Burgonet, which is a real beauty, I believe I posted quite some time ago, so most people that are following me probably haven’t seen it on my blog.
Equally, this suit of blue and gilt armor that belonged to George Clifford, third Earl of Cumberland is something that I posted to my blog quite a long while ago,
as are these two (quite famous) armors that belonged to King Henry VIII.
I also felt the need to take a picture of the Maximilian armor pictured below because it is massive. I mean just look at the size of the thing compared to the armor next to it, my god that man must have been huge!
A famous English tournament helm
and a collection of rapiers/side swords that caught my eye
and then we saw the stunning sword of Prince Elector Christian II of Saxony, which I’m certain many of you will recognize.
This Sallet was in and amongst the Muslim artifacts despite being from Spain due to the massive influence the Moorish conquest of Spain had on that culture.
I know that I have posted this Tulwar and all three of these beautiful daggers before,
and I certainly recognize these two Indian beauties, as I’m sure some of you do as well.
A 14th century Japanese Yoroi,
a mid 15th century Bohemian Pavise,
a beautiful 5th-7th century Germanic Spangenhelm that I actually never remember seeing,
and we close out with this monstrosity, the infamous and godless fabrication of Dr. Bashford Dean.
Obviously there were a great number more artifacts on display than this, but I chose to photograph and post some of the more famous, interesting, and familiar ones.
I hope this has been an entertaining and refreshing post. Cheers!
So I was actually a little nervous about this shoot. For one, this particular photo shoot is the most expensive one by far. I must’ve spent 150 bucks on jewelry and accessory pieces to wear. Additionally, the first time I tried on the body jewelry it just looked soooo feminine that it kinda gave me a panic attack because I had this moment of severe gender dysphoria… well, as severe as a cis male’s dysphoria can get.
My second big concern was that… well, I had actually bought a LOT more jewelry pieces than shown in this shoot. I just didn’t wear them all. It was only after I bought them that I realized they might come off as too close to being cultural appropriation and I didn’t want to go that route. This was sparked because their descriptors in the Amazon store were of “belly dancer” accessories. Not wanting to offend anyone of Southeast Asian/Middle Eastern heritage, I decided to forego those (well actually I did get photographed with ALL my gear on, but I’m just not posting them publicly).
Basically, all the pieces I wore were generic bits of jewelry, a masquerade mask, and a sleeveless hooded robe. I know on the store the descriptor said “women’s jewelry,” but to paraphrase Iggy Pop: "No, they’re men’s jewelry. I bought them. They’re mine.“