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Collar Plate for a Helmet of Henry III of France (1551–1589)

ca. 1570
probably Paris
French, probably Paris
Steel, copper alloy
H. 6 in. (15 cm); W. 10 1/4 (25.9 cm); D. 5 in. (12.7 cm); Wt. 5.5 oz. (155.9 g)
Helmets Parts
Credit Line:
Gift of Prescott R. Andrews Jr., 1999
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 374
This collar plate belongs to a helmet (now in the Musée de l'Armée, Paris) that was made for the future Henry III of France (reigned 1574–89). The grotesque decoration in low relief is similar to that on the armor of Henry II of France also in the Metropolitan Museum's collection (acc. no. 39.121a–n).
Ex. colls.: Prince Radziwill, Nieswicz Castle, Lithuania; Stephen V. Grancsay, Brooklyn.
New York. Brooklyn Museum. "Loan Exhibition of European Arms and Armor," June 12–October 31, 1933.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Arms and Armor: Notable Acquisitions 1991–2002," September 4, 2002–January 18, 2004, no. 7.

Pyhrr, Stuart W. "Recent Acquisitions: A Selection 1999–2000." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin (Autumn 2000), p. 25, ill.

Pyhrr, Stuart W., Donald J. La Rocca, and Morihiro Ogawa. Arms and Armor: Notable Acquisitions, 1991–2002. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2002. p. 13, no. 7, ill.and fig. 3 (detail).

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