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Pointed Morion (Cabasset)

Date:
ca. 1575
Geography:
Milan
Culture:
Italian, Milan
Medium:
Steel, gold, silver
Dimensions:
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)
Classification:
Helmets
Credit Line:
Gift of Stephen V. Grancsay, 1942
Accession Number:
42.50.4
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.
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