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As part of a special Sunday at the Met program held in conjunction with the exhibition Bashford Dean and the Creation of the Arms and Armor Department, Dirk H. Breiding, Assistant Curator, discusses challenges faced by the Arms and Armor Department, including widespread misconceptions and the difficulties of displaying weapons and armor that were rarely intended to be viewed in a museum.
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Dressing in Steel: Part One
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Dressing in Steel: Part Two
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A Visit to the Armor Galleries
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Bashford Dean and the Creation of the Arms and Armor Department, 1904–1929
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The Art of Arms and Armor: Challenges of Research, Display, and Education
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Curators, Collectors, and Dealers: The Growth of the Arms and Armor Collection, 1929 to the Present
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Burgonet with Falling Buffe
Reinforce for a helmet (gupfe)
Burgonet with Buffe
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This artwork is currently on display in Gallery 374
This is an excellent example of a French heavy cavalry helmet of the mid-sixteenth century. Its elaborate decoration includes the monogram of Claude Gouffier (1501–1570), Master of the Horse (Grand Écuyer) for Henry II and Charles IX. This monogram is also on a knee piece from the armor of Gouffier's in the Metropolitan Museum's collection (acc. no. 1994.390).
Inscription: Inscribed around the ocularium and gorget: SPES MEA DAT VIRES NON TIMEBO QUONIAM (because hope gives me strength I do not fear).
Ex. coll.: Le Sueur (Paris, 1840, Lot 1250); Sommesson (Paris, 1848, Lot 216); anonymous (Paris, April 14–15, 1864, Lot 111); Basilewsky (Paris, 1869. The helmet does not seem to be included in sale catalogue); William H. Riggs.
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