German or Austrian, Innsbruck

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Developing from the late Gothic German sallet, characterized by a horizontal profile and pointed tail, this early-sixteenth-century example has a taller, rounder, and more compact form, a transformation that reflects Italian influence. The large visor, pierced for sight and ventilation, has an unmistakable masklike quality. Pairs of holes at the top and sides of the bowl allowed for the exit of the lining laces, by which the padded lining (now missing) could be adjusted from the outside for a comfortable fit. A similar sallet in the Museum's collection (acc. no. 29.158.35) bears the mark of Hans Maystetter (active 1508–30) of Innsbruck.

Sallet, Steel, German or Austrian, Innsbruck

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