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War Hat

Date:
ca. 1590
Geography:
Milan
Culture:
Italian, Milan
Medium:
Steel, 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.
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