Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Pointed Morion (Cabasset)

ca. 1575
Italian, Milan
Steel, gold, silver
H. 9 1/4 in. (23.5 cm); W. 9 1/2 in. (29.9 cm); D. 11 3/4 in. (29.9 cm); Wt. 3 lb. 7 oz. (1551 g)
Credit Line:
Gift of Stephen V. Grancsay, 1942
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 374
The decoration depicts the Roman soldier Marcus Curtius leaping into a fiery abyss. This legend served in antiquity and in the Renaissance as an example of self-sacrifice and virtue.
Ex. coll.: Prince George Fugger, Fuggerhaus, Augsburg, Germany; Clarence H. Mackay, Roslyn, New York.
Geneva. Musée Rath, Musées d'Art et d'Histoire de Genève. "Parures Triomphales. Le maniérisme dans l'art de l'armure italienne," March 19–July 20, 2003.

Schwäbische Kreis-, Industrie-, Gewerbe- und Kunsthistorische Ausstellung, verbunden mit Landwirthschaftlichen Fachausstellungen. Meisterwerke Schwäbischer Kunst: aus der Kunsthistorischen Abtheilung der Schwäbischen Kreisausstellung Augsburg 1886. Munich: Werner, 1886. pl. 32.

Fugger und Welser Erlebnismuseum. Katalog 1909. München: F. Bruckmann, 1909. no. 1037.

Grancsay, Stephen V. "The Exhibition of European Arms and Armor: Notes On Some Ornamented Pieces." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin 26, no. 9 (September 1931). p. 204.

Grancsay, Stephen V. Loan Exhibition of European Arms and Armor: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, August 3 to September 27, 1931. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1931. p. 28, cat. no. 84.

Christie's, London. A Portion of the Famous Collection of Arms and Armour and Works of Art. London: Christie's, London, July 27, 1939. p. 18, cat. no. 61.

Grancsay, Stephen V. Historical Armor: A Picture Book. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1944. p.2, fig. 9.

Grancsay, Stephen V. "A Parade Shield of Charles V." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin VIII no. 4 (1949). p.125, p. 128.

Godoy, José-A., and Silvio Leydi. Parures Triomphales: Le Maniérisme Dans L'art De L'armure Italienne. Milan: 5 Continents, March 20–July 20, 2003. cat. no. 56, pp. 220–21, 461–62.

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