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War Hat

Date:
ca. 1590
Geography:
Milan
Culture:
Italian, Milan
Medium:
Steel, copper alloy, gold
Dimensions:
H. 6 1/2 in. (16.5 cm); W. 11 3/4 in. (29.9 cm); D. 12 7/8 in. (32.7 cm); Wt. 3 lb. 8 oz. (1575 g)
Classification:
Helmets
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1967
Accession Number:
67.194
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 374
Plain undecorated war hats were a common form of head defense during the Middle Ages and into the early sixteenth century. This helmet is extremely unusual for its late date and its rich decoration indicating that it was made for a nobleman of high rank.
Ex coll.: Princes Schwarzenberg.
Prague. Kunstgewerbliches Museum. "Auswahl von kunstgewerblichen Gegenständen aus der retrospectiven Ausstellung der allgemeinen Landes-und Jubiläums-Ausstellung," 1891–1892.

Seattle. Seattle Art Museum. "The Art of Chivalry: European Arms and Armor from The Metropolitan Museum of Art," March 11–June 6, 1982.

Denver. Denver Art Museum. "The Art of Chivalry: European Arms and Armor from The Metropolitan Museum of Art," July 18–October 10, 1982.

San Antonio. The Witte Memorial Museum. "The Art of Chivalry: European Arms and Armor from The Metropolitan Museum of Art," November 13, 1982–February 5, 1983.

Minneapolis. Minneapolis Institute of Arts. "The Art of Chivalry: European Arms and Armor from The Metropolitan Museum of Art," May 24–July 31, 1983.

San Francisco. de Young Museum, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. "The Art of Chivalry: European Arms and Armor from The Metropolitan Museum of Art," November 5, 1983–January 28, 1984.

Umeleckoprumyslove Muzeum, Prague, the Czech Republic. Auswahl Von Kunstgewerblichen Gegenständen Aus Der Retrospectiven Ausstellung Der Allgemeinen Landes Und Jubiläums-Ausstellung in Prag 1891. Prague: publisher unknown, 1892. pl. 62.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Helmut Nickel, Stuart W. Pyhrr, and Leonid Tarassuk. The Art of Chivalry: European Arms and Armor from the Metropolitan Museum of Art : an Exhibition. New York: American Federation of the Arts, 1982. cat. no. 27.



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