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Date:
ca. 1615–20
Culture:
Possibly Dutch or Italian
Medium:
Steel, gold, copper alloy, leather
Dimensions:
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)
Classification:
Helmets
Credit Line:
Purchase, Arthur Ochs Sulzberger Gift, 2011
Accession Number:
2011.80
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.
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