Pietro da Castello (Italian, Brescia, documented 1469–86, died before 1498)
H. 10 1/4 in. (26 cm); W. 7 1/2 in. (19.1 cm); D. 10 in. (25.4 cm); Wt. 4 lb. 14 oz. (2211 g)
Gift of William H. Riggs, 1913
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 373
Most Italian barbutes have a T-shaped face opening. The rounded eye openings and pointed nasal of this helmet are very unusual. It is stamped with two marks, a castle and the letter P beneath a split cross, identified as the armorer Pietro da Castello (documented in Brescia from 1469 to 1486, died before 1498).
Marking: Stamped with two marks on the back right side: a castle and the letter P beneath a split cross (identified as those of the armorer Pietro da Castello, documented in Brescia from 1469 to 1486, died before 1498).