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1549.Kunz Lochner.Armor of Emperor Ferdinand I (1503-1564) German, Nuremberg.The Met.Steel,brass,leather. H.170.2cm; Wt.24kg.The image of the Virgin and Child on the breastplate was also used by Charles V on his own armors. The backplate is decorated with crossed staves and firesteels, the insignia of the Order of the Golden Fleece,an elite chivalric society of which Ferdinand was a member.