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Tomb effigy of Kunz von Haberkorn in the church of the Knights of St John in Würzburg, Bavaria, Germany, c.1420AD.

Grabstein des Johanniterordensritters Kunz von Haberkorn

Datierung:um 1420
Gattung:Grabskulptur, Reliefplastik
Maße:197 x 74 cm

Herkunftsort: Würzburg, Johanniterkirche
Entstehungsort: Würzburg

München, Bayerisches Nationalmuseum, Inventar-Nr. MA 927

Inschriften, Marken, Wappen:

Themen: Ikonographie:46 A 12 4 : * Ritter
61 B 2 (Kunz <Haberkorn, von>) 11 (+55) * historische Personen
46 A 12 41 (Saint John) * Johanniterorden
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Datensatz von:Bildarchiv Foto Marburg
Source: Bildindex der Kunst & Architektur

Effigy of the Knight of St. John, Kunz von Haberkorn

Subject heading:Effigy
Form:high relief
Type:funerary sculpture, relief sculpture
Dimensions:197 x 74 cm
Location reference:

Place of origin: Würzburg, Knights of St John Church
Point of origin: Würzburg

Munich, Bavarian National Museum, Inventory no. MA 927

Inscriptions, stamps, coats of arms:

coats of arms
Topics: Iconography:46 A 12 4 : * Topics: Iconography
61 B 2 (Kunz <Haberkorn, von>) 11 (+55) * historical persons
46 A 12 41 (Saint John) * Order of St. John
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Record from:Bildarchiv Foto Marburg

GERMAN KNIGHT, KUNZ VON HABERKORN d. l421 in Armies of the Middle Ages, Volume 2 by Ian Heath
From a tomb effigy in the church of the Knights of St John in Wurzburg, Bavaria, this figure bears witness to one of the trends in German armour that was to prevail throughout the 1420s and 1430s, which was the incorporation into the armour of long sleeves, later dagged. Adopted under the influence of civilian fashion, these would appear to have been part of a tunic worn either over or under the arming doublet or haubergeon, but invariably under the breastplate. The scale skirt is unusual outside of Bohemia, but the fact that it was popular in the latter country at about this date is confirmed by the early-15th century Krumlov ms., in which many foot-soldiers and men-at-arms alike are shown wearing such skirts, which the ms. clearly shows to have been quite separate from the breastplate or any sort of corselet, being worn on its own by some figures.

His leg-armour clearly includes plate greaves, while seemingly poleyns and perhaps plate cuisses too are concealed beneath the fabric or leather breeches (?) that come down to just below the knee. The breastplate would probably be accompanied by a backplate by this late date, buckled at the sides until the mid-15th century (when a waist-belt often seems to have instead done the job of holding the plates together), and strapped across the shoulders. This slightly ‘boxed’ shape of breastplate, sometimes fluted as in 109a, was the most popular form of plate body-armour in Germany from the 1380s until the 1420s.

See also The tomb effigy of Stibor of Beckov, Hungary, c.1430.
Other 15th Century Illustrations of Costume and Soldiers