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Helm for Foot Combat

Date:
ca. 1500–1520
Culture:
possibly British
Medium:
Steel
Dimensions:
H. 16 3/4 in. (42.6 cm); W. 14 in. (35.6 cm); D. 15 1/2 in. (39.4 cm); Wt. 11 lb. 12 oz. (5330 g)
Classification:
Helmets
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1904
Accession Number:
04.3.248
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 371
English armor of the early sixteenth century is extremely rare, and tournament armor even more so. This helm, also called a “great bascinet” in the sixteenth century, is one of only a few of its kind in existence today. It was made for use in a type of tournament that was fought between two fully armored men, on foot and equipped with pole axes, spears, swords, and daggers.
Ex. coll.: Lord Stafford; Bachereau; Costantino Ressman; Duc de Dino (cat. no. B-20).
Laking, Guy Francis, Sir, Charles Alexander Cosson, and Francis Henry Cripps-Day. A Record of European Armour and Arms through Seven Centuries. Vol. 3. London: G. Bell and Sons, 1920. p. 156, fig. 493.



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