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.
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 (helmet and shield 42.50.4, 5, printed in reverse).

Fugger-Museum Augsburg: Katalog 1909. München: F. Bruckmann, 1909. no. 1037 (This catalogue was not in the MMA library, 1942).

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. "The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, August 3 to September 27, 1931." In Loan Exhibition of European Arms and Armor. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1931. cat. no. 84.

"The Property of the Late Clarence H. Mackay, Esq.." In 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, ill. in frontispiece. (Bid in.).

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 (ill.), p. 128 (cabasset same workmanship as shield).

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