This collar plate belongs to a helmet (now in the Musée de l'Armée, Paris) that was made for the future Henry III of France (reigned 1574–89). The grotesque decoration in low relief is similar to that on the armor of Henry II of France also in the Metropolitan Museum's collection (acc. no. 39.121a–n).
Ex. colls.: Prince Radziwill, Nieswicz Castle, Lithuania; Stephen V. Grancsay, Brooklyn.
New York. Brooklyn Museum. "Loan Exhibition of European Arms and Armor," June 12–October 31, 1933.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Arms and Armor: Notable Acquisitions 1991-2002," September 4, 2002–January 18, 2004, no. 7.
Pyhrr, Stuart W., Donald J. La Rocca, and Morihiro Ogawa. Arms and Armor: Notable Acquisitions, 1991–2002. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2002. p. 13, no. 7, ill.and fig. 3 (detail).
Artist: Part of the decoration design by Jean Cousin the Elder (French, Souci (?) ca. 1490–ca. 1560 Paris (?))Date: ca. 1555Medium: Steel, gold, silver, leather, textileAccession: 39.121a–nOn view in:Gallery 374