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ca. 1560–70
Italian, Milan
Steel, gold, silver, textile
H. 12 in. (30.5 cm); W. 8 in. (20.3 cm); D. 13 in. (33 cm); Wt. 4 lb. (1813 g)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1904
Accession Number:
Not on view
Richly damascened in gold and silver, this helmet is decorated with five oval vignettes depicting exotic scenes, with Oriental figures on land and ships at sea. The extensive pictorial use of damascening on a smooth, rather than an embossed, surface is highly unusual but relates to damascened iron furniture made in Milan in the second half of the sixteenth century. The shape of the burgonet is also noteworthy, the arched comb alluding to ancient Roman helmets.
Ex. colls.: Marquès de Bosch, Valenica, Spain; Maurice de Talleyrand-Périgord, duc de Dino, Paris.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "European Helmets 1450–1650: Treasures from the Reserve Collection," January 25, 2000–May 13, 2002.

Cosson, Charles Alexander. Le Cabinet D'armes De Maurice De Talleyrand-Périgord, Duc De Dino. Paris: E. Rouveyre, 1901. pp. 31–32, no. B. 27, pl. 9.

Pyhrr, Stuart W. European Helmets, 1450–1650: Treasures from the Reserve Collection. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2000. p. 24, no. 34, ill.

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