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Artist/maker unknown, Italian

Made in Italy, Europe

c. 1490

Steel; post and roundel at the rear are modern replacements

9 pounds 1 ounces (4.11 kg) 8 11/16 × 11 7/16 inches (22 × 29 cm) Thickness: 0.1 cm (5 millimeters)

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 is a late and splendid example of the preferred type of knightly helmet worn in Italy in the fifteenth century. The cheek pieces are connected to the bowl by hinges at the top, and secured at the front with a peg that fits into a hole. A large reinforcing brow plate is permanently riveted to the bowl. An armet was normally worn in combat along with a protective wrapper (chin and throat defense) secured by strap and buckle worn over the wearer's nape. The buffe fitted tightly against the visor and chin and extended over the throat and onto the breastplate, leaving no dangerous gap.

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