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Helmet all'Antica

Armorer:
Attributed to Filippo Negroli (Italian, Milan ca. 1510–1579)
Date:
ca. 1532–35
Geography:
Milan
Culture:
Italian, Milan
Medium:
Steel
Dimensions:
H. 11 1/4 in. (85 cm); W. 8 1/4 in. (20.9 cm); D. 9 in. (22.7 cm); Wt. 2 lb. 2 oz. (964 g)
Classification:
Helmets
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1904
Accession Number:
04.3.202
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 374
Fashioned to resemble a head of tightly curled hair encircled by a wreath of oak leaves, this helmet evokes the appearance of an ancient hero, perhaps a Roman emperor. The reference to the oak (rovere, in Italian) may indicate that the helmet was made for a member of the della Rovere family, dukes of Urbino. The cheek-pieces are probably nineteenth-century restorations.
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