The Wallace Collection

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  • Morion
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Italy
  • c. 1580
  • Iron or steel, copper alloy, gold and silver, engraved and counterfeit damascened
  • Height: 31.6 cm
    Height: 10.3 cm, comb
    Weight: 2.2 kg
  • A125
  • European Armoury II
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Further Reading
  • Morion with a high, roped comb, made in one piece; peaked in front and back, the lower edge turned under but not roped; scrolled plume-holder of iron at the back, roughly incised with a gateway or castle; both skull and brim are bordered with brass-headed rivets for the lining strap, parts of which remain. The surface has been partly engraved and decorated with four large oval panels containing architectural compositions and trees counterfeit-damascened with gold and silver; the enclosing bands are enriched with minute arabesques, counterfeit-damascening and small diamond-shaped panels in silver and gold; the ground darkened, and except on the surface remaining undecorated, is now bright but probably was originally blued; the brim gadrooned in light gold and silver.
    Comparwith the shield A341.