Bassinet and Visor from a Bassinet

Artist/maker unknown, European or French?

Geography:
Possibly made in France, Europe
Made in Europe

Date:
c. 1390-1400

Medium:
Steel; leather replaced

Dimensions:
5.5 lb. (2.5 kg) Bassinet: 11 9/16 × 7 3/16 × 9 7/16 inches (29.4 × 18.2 × 23.9 cm) Visor: 7 3/4 × 7 5/8 × 8 3/16 inches (19.7 × 19.3 × 20.8 cm)

Curatorial Department:
European Decorative Arts and Sculpture

* Gallery 245, Arms and Armor, second floor (Kretzschmar von Kienbusch Galleries)

Accession Number:
1977-167-53a,b

Credit Line:
Bequest of Carl Otto Kretzschmar von Kienbusch, 1977

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Label:
This bassinet is a rare, well-preserved example of a once relatively common type of knightly helmet. The holes along its lower edge are for securing a lining (now lost) on the interior, and a camail (neck defense of mail) on the exterior, which extended around the neck onto the shoulders.


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