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  • Morion
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Milan, Italy
  • c. 1570 - c. 1580
  • Iron or steel, silver and gold, embossed, counterfeit damascened
  • Height: 33.2 cm, overall
    Height: 12 cm, comb
    Weight: 1.75 kg
  • A120
  • European Armoury II
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  • Morion with a comb of unusual height, the brim peaked in the front and rear. The comb is embossed on the one side with seated figures of Justice and Fortitude on either side of an oval panel, damascened with gold, containing a standing military figure with baton; on the other side, Victory and Fame with a similar figure armed with shield and sword, on a gilt ground. The skull is embossed on each side with a scene of combat between mounted men, gilt; the brim is embossed with gadroons, piqué with gold spots, and roped. The embossed decoration is enriched both with counterfeit-damascening with gold and by plating in silver on a hatched ground. The edge of the brim is turned under and roped).

    The embossing is not as good as that found on Wallace Collection A182. The low relief of the figures on the comb has been obtained chiefly by depressing the background, a method required by the difficulty of working this part of the helmet from the inside. The hide of the horses is indicated by gold strokes (cf. A133).