The Wallace Collection

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  • Morion
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • North Italy
  • c. 1570
  • Iron or steel, embossed and counterfeit damascened
  • Height: 28.3 cm
    Weight: 1.04 kg
  • A121
  • European Armoury II
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Further Reading
  • Morion of the 'Spanish' or 'cabasset' style, having a curved stalk on the apex of the tall skull, the sides of which have been embossed with two triangular panels containing trophies of arms, the remainder of the surface with grotesque figures, animals, masks, cornucopias, strapwork, etc., showing a few traces of gold, damascening; the central area contains, on the one side, a figure of Charity (?), and on the other, Victory (?), both beneath canopies with bearded masks in front and behind. The brim is peaked both in front and at the back, faintly embossed with gadroons, and roped. This helmet has suffered from neglect, but there are a few traces of counterfeit-damascening.

    The contemporary name in English for a morion with a pointed skull such as this one was apparently 'Spanish morion'.