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Sallet
  • Sallet
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Milan, Italy
  • c. 1455
  • Low-carbon steel and canvas
  • Weight: 2.665 kg
    Height: 27.5 cm
    Diameter: 22.5 cm, at the lining rivets, inside
    Circumference: 65.5 cm, at the lining rivets, outside
  • Armourer's mark: Capital P within the split foot of a cross, thrice repeated
    Decoration: Representing the Lion of St. Mark (rubbed)
  • A75
  • European Armoury I
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  • From the beginning of the fifteenth century, Italian artists of all types, including armourers, became fascinated with the culture of ancient Greece and Rome. It is this revival of interest in the Classical world that gave birth to the Renaissance, expressed not only in painting, sculpture and literature but also in arms, armour, and the art of war. This helmet is a beautiful expression of this movement. The form has clearly been inspired by the bronze helmets worn by ancient Greek warriors, although the armourer who made this bold piece also improved the design, using harder, tougher carbon steel and giving the skull the graceful curves and sweeping profile for which Italian armour of the fifteenth century was most famous.