Art/ Collection/ Art Object


ca. 1615–20
Possibly Dutch or Italian
Steel, gold, copper alloy, leather
H. 10 1/4 in. (26 cm); W. 8 3/4 in. (22.2 cm); D. 9 5/8 in. (24.5 cm); Wt. 8 lb. 8 oz. (3860 g)
Credit Line:
Purchase, Arthur Ochs Sulzberger Gift, 2011
Accession Number:
Not on view
The form and construction of this helmet are typical for an Italian heavy cavalry helmet of good quality from the early seventeenth century. Highly unusual, however, are the engraved and gilded letters and monograms that decorate its russet surface. These probably represent the name or motto of an Italian or French nobleman, but their meaning, perhaps the key to the owner's identity, remain to be discovered.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Arms and Armor: Notable Acquisitions 2003–2014," November 11, 2014–December 6, 2015.

Related Objects

Armor of Infante Luis, Prince of Asturias (1707–1724)

Artist: Signature probably refers to Jean Drouart (French, Paris, died before October 1715) Date: dated 1712 Medium: Steel, gold, brass, silk, cotton, metallic yarn, paper Accession: 1989.3 On view in:Gallery 376

Helm for the Joust of Peace (Stechhelm)

Date: ca. 1500 Medium: Steel, copper alloy Accession: 29.156.67a On view in:Gallery 373

Armor Garniture, Probably of King Henry VIII of England (reigned 1509–47)

Artist: Design of the decoration attributed to Hans Holbein the Younger (German, Augsburg 1497/98–1543 London) Date: dated 1527 Medium: Steel, gold, leather, copper alloys Accession: 19.131.1a–r, t–w, .2a–c; 27.183.16 On view in:Gallery 371

Cross Hilt Sword

Artist: Blade signed by Clemens Horn (German, Solingen, 1580–1630) Date: 1600–1625 Medium: Iron, silver, wood, copper alloy, steel, gold Accession: 2010.165 On view in:Gallery 372


Artist: Stamped with the armorer's name, LIONARDO (Italian, probably active in Milan, ca. 1440) Date: ca. 1440 Medium: Steel, copper alloy Accession: 42.50.2 On view in:Gallery 373