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Attributed to Pietro Giacomo da Castello (Italian, documented 1485–1525)
ca. 1510–20
H. without crest, 11 1/2 in. (29.2 cm); W. 7 5/8 in. (19.4 cm); D. 10 1/2 in. (26.7 cm); Wt. 4 lb. 3 oz. (1899 g)
Credit Line:
Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1911
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 373
This type of sallet, with an open face and a long swept tail, was widely used by infantrymen in Italy. This example is stamped with armorer's marks attributed to Pietro Giacomo da Castello (documented 1485–1525), who worked for the dukes of Mantua.
Marking: Stamped on the left side of the rear of the bowl: P within the split foot of a cross;

On the right side of the rear of the bowl: a castle with two battlemounted towers.
Ex coll.: J.P. Morgan, New York; Baron Giulio Franchetti, Florence; Constantino Ressman; Louis Carrand, Lyon.
Houston. Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. "The Lively Arts of the Renaissance," January 15–February 21, 1960, no. 70.

Galerie Sangiorgi. Catalogue des Objets d'art Ancien Pour l'Année 1910 p. 89.

Dean, Bashford. "Principle Accessions: Accessions in Arms and Armor." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin v6, no. 12 (1911). pp. 237-238 (ill. helmet before restorations of removal).

Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. The Lively Arts of the Renaissance. Houston, Tex.: Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, 1960. no. 70.

Boccia, Lionello G. Le Armature di S. Maria delle Grazie di Curtatone di Mantova e l'Armatura Lombarda del'400. Busto Arsizio: Bramante Editrice, 1982. pp. 287–288, no. B5.

Pyhrr, Stuart W. "European Armor from the Imperial Ottoman Arsenal." Metropolitan Museum Journal 24 (1989). p. 114, n. 27.

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