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Morion
  • Morion
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • North Italy
  • c. 1580
  • Iron or steel, gold and silver, engraved, counterfeit damascened in gold and silver
  • Height: 26.3 cm
    Weight: 1.52 kg
  • A122
  • European Armoury II
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  • Morion of the 'Spanish' form, having a stalk on the apex of the tall skull, shaped to resemble an eagle's claw above acanthus; the skull on one side is prominently embossed with an image of Europa on the back of the Bull, with her mourning sisters on the right, trees and a castle in the distance. The scene on the other may represent Arria presenting the sword to her recumbent husband, Caecina Paetus of Padua, but it is perhaps more like that it depicts Thisbe falling on the sword of Pyramus, suggested by the lion, fountain and trees in the background; the brim, which is peaked front and rear, is embossed with running foliage. The whole piece has been skilfully embossed in low relief, engraved, and enriched with counterfeit- damascening.