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Burgonet all'Antica

Date:
ca. 1535–45
Geography:
probably Milan
Culture:
Italian, probably Milan
Medium:
Steel, gold, silver
Dimensions:
H. 10 13/16 (27.5 cm); W. 8 1/16 (20.5 cm); D. 11 5/8 in. (29.6 cm); Wt. 3 lb. 12 oz. (1709 g)
Classification:
Helmets
Credit Line:
Gift of William H. Riggs, 1913
Accession Number:
14.25.597
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 374
This helmet is formed as a dolphin-like sea monster, with furled brow, fierce eyes, sharp teeth, and a scaly body. It may have been inspired by the work of Filippo Negroli (ca. 1510–1579), whose helmets were conceived as three-dimensional sculpture.
Ex. coll.: Monsieur Pluquet, Bayeaux(?); William H. Riggs, Paris.
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