The Wallace Collection

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  • Morion
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Italy
  • c. 1580
  • Iron or steel, copper alloy and gold, etched and gilt
  • Height: 34 cm
    Height: 11.2 cm, comb
    Weight: 2.1 kg
  • A126
  • European Armoury II
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  • Morion with a high roped comb, made in a single piece; sloping brim peaked front and rear, the border channelled, turned under over a wire and roped. Around the base of the skull is a row of brass-headed lining rivets with brass, rosette-shaped washers (cf. those on inv. nos. A138-9, 140, 146). The edge of the brim is pierced with a row of small rivet holes.
    The surface is etched with a strapwork panel, enclosing in the centre a mounted warrior. This is surrounded by four smaller panels containing classical warriors and recumbent nude figures, and four circular medallions etched with portrait heads. The comb has a central panel containing a Roman warrior flanked by two medallions and two shaped panels enclosing harpies. On the other side the central panel contains a representation of Mucius Scaevola. All free spaces are filled with scattered pieces of armour, and similar decoration is repeated on the brim. The ground is granulated and the entire surface was gilded, considerable traces of which remain. The plume-holder is missing. On the edge of the comb towards the back at a later date, has been soldered a brass loop.