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Burgonet of the Guard of Pope Julius III

Date:
ca. 1550–55
Geography:
Brescia
Culture:
Italian, Brescia
Medium:
Steel, gold, brass
Dimensions:
L. 15 5/8 in. (39.7 cm); W. 9 in. (22.8 cm); H. 13 in. (33 cm); Wt. 3 lb. 14 oz. (1758 g)
Classification:
Helmets
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1904
Accession Number:
04.3.222
Not on view
The medallions decorating each side show a profile portrait of Pope Julius III (Giovanni Maria del Monte, 1487–1555, elected pope in 1550). This helmet is a precursor to the Brescian-made armor traditionally worn by the Papal Swiss Guard beginning in the late sixteenth century, versions of which are still worn by the Papal Guard today.
Ex coll.: Maurice de Talleyrand-Périgord, duc de Dino, Paris
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