The Wallace Collection

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  • Morion
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Milan or Brescia, Italy
  • c. 1590
  • Iron or steel, copper alloy, gold, velvet and silk, blued, etched and gilt
  • Height: 27.9 cm
    Weight: 1.56 kg
  • A136
  • European Armoury III
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  • Morion of the 'Spanish' form, with a pear-shaped skull forged in one piece, with a short stalk at its apex. This example has been patched in two places with white metal. The sloping brim is peaked front and rear, the lower edge turned under and roped. The surface is blued and etched in outline with foliage, and in the centre of each side are laurel wreaths enclosing pairs of figures in Roman armour could be emblematic of Peace and War, but may also be more general figural decoration. In the areas of the two patched pieces of the helmet the surface has been re-engraved. There are traces of gilding on the foliage. Around the base of the skull are set rivets capped with lion's masks of brass for the lining strap. The lining of crimson velvet has been quilted in a diamond pattern; in the centre of each diamond is a tuft of crimson silk, made by the quilting. Since the lining leaves no place for ear-pieces and has an irregular join near the top, it is presumably a later replacement.