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Burgonet for the Farnese Guard

Date:
ca. 1545–47
Culture:
Italian
Medium:
Steel, gold, copper alloy
Dimensions:
H. 7 in. (17.8 cm); W. 8 13/16 in. (22.4 cm); D. 12 3/4 in. (32.4 cm); Wt. 2 lb. 11 oz. (1232 g)
Classification:
Helmets
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1904
Accession Number:
04.3.219
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 374
This helmet is one of a series thought to have been made for the guard of Pier Luigi Farnese (1503–1547), who ruled as duke of Parma and Piacenza from 1545 to 1547. The raised fleur-de-lis on either side refers to the Farnese coat of arms (six blue fleurs-de-lis on a gold ground).
Ex. coll.: Maurice de Talleyrand-Périgord, duc de Dino, Paris.
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