Close Helmet of Claude Gouffier (1501–1570)


On view at The Met Fifth Avenue 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).

Close Helmet of Claude Gouffier (1501–1570), Steel, gold, brass, French

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