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Burgonet with Buffe

ca. 1555–60
Steel, gold, leather, textile
H. 13 3/4 in. (34.9 cm); H. of comb 3 in. (7.6 cm); W. 9 1/4 in. (23.5 cm); D. 15 in. (38.1 cm); Wt. 6 lb. 6 oz. (2892 g)
Credit Line:
Gift of William H. Riggs, 1913
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 371
The elegant shape and beautiful decoration of this helmet suggest that it was made in Italy under French influence. The unusually tall and backward-leaning comb along the top of the helmet, the form and attachment of the buffe (face defense), and the fine scrolls that border the etched bands are all characteristic of French armor in the 1550s. However, the style of the etching and the choice of motifs––widely spaced trophies of armor, weapons, and Classical symbols—are more typical of the best Italian armor of the period.
William H. Riggs, Paris (until 1913; his gift to MMA).
Grancsay, Stephen V. "The New Galleries of European Arms and Armor." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin (May 1956), pp. 211, 224, ill.

Mayor, A. Hyatt. "The Gifts that Made the Museum." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin 16, no. 3 p. 92, ill.

La Rocca, Donald J. How to Read European Armor. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2017. p. 47, fig.55; pp.108-111, fig.124.

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