Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Great Sallet

possibly 1420–50
H. 13 5/8 in. (34.6 cm); W. 8 1/2 in. (21.6 cm); D. 9 1/2 in. (24.1 cm); Wt. 8 lb. 12 oz. (3971 g)
Credit Line:
Bashford Dean Memorial Collection, Funds from various donors, 1929
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 373
Apparently the forerunner of the one-piece barbute that appeared in Italy about 1440 these distinctive two-piece sallets are known only from Chalcis and other Aegean sites.
Marking: The mark on the back of the bowl, an S surmounted by a crown, is of Milanese type.
Ex. coll.: Found at Chalcis, 1840; Historical and Ethnographical Society of Greece (today National Historical Museum), Athens; Bashford Dean, New York.
Ffoulkes, Charles J. "Italian Armour from Chalcis in the Ethnological Museum at Athens." Archaeologia, or, Miscellaneous Tracts Relating to Antiquity 62, no. 2 (1911). pl. LLI, fig. 7.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Stephen V. Grancsay, and Carl Otto von Kienbusch. The Bashford Dean Collection of Arms and Armor in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Portland, Maine: Southworth Press for the Armor and Arms Club of New York City, 1933. pp. 117-118, no. 27, pl. 3.

Robinson, H. Russell. "A converted helmet and some early barbute and armets." Journal of Arms and Armour Society 1 (September 1953). p. 31, pl. VII, C.

Boccia, Lionello G., Fabio Rossi, and Marco Morin. Armi e Armature Lombarde. Milan: Electa, 1980. fig. 38.

The Xalkís funds in Athens and New York. Florence, Italy, October 1988.

Pyhrr, Stuart W., José-A. Godoy, and Silvio Leydi. Heroic Armor of the Italian Renaissance: Filippo Negroli and His Contemporaries. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1998. pp. 90-91, ill., no. 7.

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