The Wallace Collection

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  • Close-helmet
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • North Germany
  • c. 1545
  • Iron or steel
  • Weight: 2.7 kg
  • A167
  • European Armoury I
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  • The North German armourer’s penchant for exaggeration of the form or character of his work can be seen in the design of helmets. This example has a stretched, almost distorted quality in its profile. Its skull has been pulled up and back, making the head look larger and longer, while the visor has been drawn out and down, the point or ‘nose’ being much longer and sharper than those made anywhere else in Europe. The face has also been made very narrow side-to-side, further exaggerating its forward-extension.