The Wallace Collection

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  • Morion
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Milan, Italy
  • c. 1590
  • Iron or steel, copper alloy and gold, etched
  • Height: 30.8 cm
    Height: 8.2 cm, comb
    Weight: 1.92 kg
  • A123
  • European Armoury II
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Further Reading
  • Morion having a high roped comb with a broken hole at the top; peaked brims front and rear, the lower edges turned under and roped; made in one piece. The surface has been etched overall with strapwork and scattered trophies; on either side are two small oval panels containing, respectively, depictions of a juvenile Marcus Curtius and Cain and Abel, on a granulated and gilded ground; a row of brass-headed rivets for the lining strap (parts of which remain).

    The style of decoration in which the strapwork spreads over the whole surface of the skull, as here and on Wallace Collection A126-9, may have been intended for the French market.