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Close Helmet (from a Small Garniture, perhaps for Siegmund Friedrich, Freiherr von Herbertstein [d.1621])

Close Helmet (from a Small Garniture, perhaps for Siegmund Friedrich, Freiherr von Herbertstein [d.1621])

c. 1580

Steel, etched and gilded, brass rivets

Support: Etched

Overall: 40 x 35.5 x 23 cm (15 3/4 x 14 x 9 1/16 in.)

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. John L. Severance 1916.1531

Description

This helmet appears to belong to a garniture for man and horse of which other elements survive in the Higgins Armory Museum, Worcester, Massachusetts, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. The associated visor has been removed to better show the beautiful etched and gilded strapwork decoration.

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