European Decorative Arts and Sculpture
ArmetMade in Italy, Europe
Artist/maker unknown, Italian
Steel; post and roundel at the rear are modern replacements
1977-167-61Bequest of Carl Otto Kretzschmar von Kienbusch, 1977
LabelThis 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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