Italy, 15th century
steel, Overall: 30.3 x 25.9 x 17.5 cm (11 7/8 x 10 3/16 x 6 7/8 in.). Gift of Mr. and Mrs. John L. Severance 1916.1919
Open helmets like this one were used by medieval infantries. The helmet weighs 12-1/2 pounds. This unusual weight was required for siege purposes--such helmets were worn by the men who attempted to scale the walls of an armed town. The rivet holes along the ridge were for the attachment of the liner.
The Cleveland Museum of Art (09/10/1998); "Armor Court Reinstallation"
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