Attributed to Pietro Giacomo da Castello (Italian, documented 1485–1525)
H. without crest, 11 1/2 in. (29.2 cm); W. 7 5/8 in. (19.4 cm); D. 10 1/2 in. (26.7 cm); Wt. 4 lb. 3 oz. (1899 g)
Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1911
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 373
This type of sallet, with an open face and a long swept tail, was widely used by infantrymen in Italy. This example is stamped with armorer's marks attributed to Pietro Giacomo da Castello (documented 1485–1525), who worked for the dukes of Mantua.
Marking: Stamped on the left side of the rear of the bowl: P within the split foot of a cross;
On the right side of the rear of the bowl: a castle with two battlemounted towers.
Ex coll.: J.P. Morgan, New York; Baron Giulio Franchetti, Florence; Constantino Ressman; Louis Carrand, Lyon.
Dean, Bashford. Notes on Arms and Armor. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1916.
Boccia, Lionello G. Le Armature di S. Maria delle Grazie di Curtatone di Mantova e l'Armatura Lombarda del'400. Busto Arsizio: Bramante Editrice, 1982. pp. 287–288, no. B5.