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Sallet alla Veneziana

Date:
ca. 1470; gilt mounts, probably added early 16th century
Culture:
Italian
Medium:
Steel, copper, gold, velvet
Dimensions:
H. 11 in. (27.94 cm); W. 8 5/16 in. (21.1 cm); D. 10 3/4 in. (27.3 cm); Wt. 8 lb. 1 oz. (3655 g)
Classification:
Helmets
Credit Line:
Bashford Dean Memorial Collection, Funds from various donors, 1929
Accession Number:
29.158.15
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 373
In the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries, armor was frequently decorated using fabric coverings, gilt metal appliqués, and even jewels. Sallets covered with red velvet and decorated with gilt mounts were especially popular in Venice and continued to be worn in Venetian civic pageants well into the eighteenth century. The coat of arms at the brow of this example is that of the Capelli family.
Ex coll.: Zschille Cat. no. 60, pl. VIII
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