Italian, Milan

Not on view

Richly damascened in gold and silver, this helmet is decorated with five oval vignettes depicting exotic scenes, with Oriental figures on land and ships and oared galleys at sea. The extensive pictorial use of damascening on a smooth, rather than embossed, surface is highly unusual but relates to damascened iron furniture made in Milan in the second half of the sixteenth century. The shape of the burgonet is also noteworthy, the arched comb alluding to ancient Roman helmets. (The left cheekpiece is missing.)

Burgonet, Steel, gold, silver, textile, Italian, Milan

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