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Bassinet and Visor from a Bassinet

Artist/maker unknown, European or French?

Made in Europe
Possibly made in France, Europe

c. 1390-1400

Steel; leather replaced

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) Overall: 5.5 lb. (2.5 kg)

Curatorial Department:
European Decorative Arts and Sculpture

* Gallery 345, Arms and Armor, third floor (Kretzschmar von Kienbusch Galleries)

Accession Number:

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

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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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