H. including nasal 14 1/2 in. (36.8 cm); H. excluding nasal 11 in. (27.9 cm); W. 10 in. (25.4 cm); D. 16 in. (40.6 cm); Wt. 4 lb. 2 oz. (1880 g)
Gift of William H. Riggs, 1913
Not on view
The term Zischägge refers to a distinctive type of seventeenth-century helmet consisting of a hemispherical bowl, a brim with sliding nosepiece (nasal), cheekpieces, and a long laminated tail over the back of the neck. The German word is a corruption of the Turkish chichak, which refers to a similar helmet used throughout much of the Ottoman world.
Unlike most Zischägge, which were relatively simple, this example has a finely fluted and ribbed bowl with a baluster finial at the top, and surfaces that are blued and gilt. It also has its original leather lining in the bowl, brim, tail, and cheekpieces.
Signatures, Inscriptions, and Markings
Marking: Stamped on the nasal defense: M.
Ernest de Rozière, Blois and Cannes (d. 1901); William H. Riggs, Paris (until 1913; his gift to MMA).
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "European Helmets 1450–1650: Treasures from the Reserve Collection," January 25, 2000–December 30, 2001, no. 70.
Pyhrr, Stuart W. European Helmets, 1450–1650: Treasures from the Reserve Collection. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Jan 25, 2000 - Dec 30, 2000. pp. 4, 43, 47, no. 70, ill.