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War Hat

ca. 1475
probably Burgundy or Flanders
Western European, probably Burgundy or Flanders
H. 10 3/16 in. (25.9 cm); W. 9 3/4 in. (24.8 cm); D. 14 5/8 in. (37.1 cm); Wt. 6 lb. 7 oz. (2920 g)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1904
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 373
The graceful spiral shape distinguishes this as a masterpiece of fifteenth-century armor making. Similar war hats, usually with gilt ornaments mounted on the apex, are often represented in Franco-Burgundian tapestries.
[E. Juste the Elder, Paris, 1883; sold to Ressman for Fr 5000]; Constantino Ressman, Paris (1883–1899; sold to Duc de Dino together with nine other helmets for Fr 50,000) ; Charles Maurice Camille de Talleyrand-Périgord Duc de Dino, Paris (1899–1904; sold to MMA).
Paris. Palais de la Guerre, Les Invalides. "Exposition Universelle Internationale de 1889: Les Anciennes Armées Françaises: Exposition Rétrospective Militaire du Ministère de la Guerre en 1889," May 6–October 31, 1889 (possibly?).

Vienna. Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna. "Europäische Kunst um 1400," May 7–July 31, 1962, no. 544.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Masterpieces of Fifty Centuries," November 14, 1970–February 14, 1971, no. 171.

Cosson, Charles Alexander. Le Cabinet d'Armes de Maurice de Talleyrand-Périgord, Duc de Dino. Paris: E. Rouveyre, 1901. no. B-8.

Dean, Bashford, and The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Catalogue of European Arms and Armor. Metropolitan Museum of Art Handbook, Vol. 15. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1905. p. 127, fig. 50 G.

Engel, Bernhard. "'Zwei Kriegerfiguren des 15. Jahrhunderts' (Fachnotizen)." Zeitschrift für Historische Waffenkunde (1909–11), pp. 228–31, fig. 7.

Laking, Guy Francis, Charles Alexander Cosson, and Francis Henry Cripps-Day. A Record of European Armour and Arms Through Seven Centuries. Vol. II. London: G. Bell and Sons, 1920. pp. 62–64, fig. 417.

Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna. Europäische Kunst Um 1400: Achte Ausstellung Unter Den Auspizien Des Europarates. Vienna: Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna, 1962. p. 497, no. 544.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Kenneth Clark. Masterpieces of Fifty Centuries. New York: E. P. Dutton, 1970. p. 190, no. 171, ill.

Nicholas, Michael, and G. A. Embleton. Armies of Medieval Burgundy, 1364–1477. Men-at-Arms 144. London: Osprey, 1983. p. 15, fig. E.

Nickel, Helmut. "Arms and Armor from the Permanent Collection." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin (Summer, 1991), pp. 16, 64, ill.

Karcheski, Walter J., and Thom Richardson. The Medieval Armour from Rhodes. Leeds: Royal Armouries, 2000. p. 16.

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