The Wallace Collection

The Wallace Collection, A Family Collection, A National Museum, An International Treasure House
  • Morion
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • North Italy
  • c. 1580
  • Iron or steel, copper alloy and textile, etched and blued
  • Height: 30.9 cm
    Weight: 1.37 kg
  • A137
  • European Armoury III
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Further Reading
  • Morion of the 'Spanish' style, with a high pear-shaped skull with a short stalk on the apex; sloping brim curving upward slightly at the ends, the edge channelled, turned under and roped. Around the base of the skull is a row of steel lining rivets and brass washers stamped with rosettes. Small portions of the lining strap remain. At the back is a crudely fashioned plume-holder of thin brass. The surface is decorated with vertical bands of etching in the so-called 'Pisan' manner which divided the surface into four. The bands are filled with trophies and pieces of detached armour, and at the bottom of each of the two side bands is a figure in a classical armour on a granulated ground. On the plain surface between the bands are four small shaped panels etched with similar trophies. The brim is etched with a row of acanthus leaves.
    At the base of the skull are faint traces of the original blued surface.