Oggetto: Arms and Armor
This helmet was originally intended for field use. Later, it seems to have served a funerary purpose, probably as an ornament (known as a funerary achievement) suspended over the church tomb of an unidentified knight. As such, it would have been a rich and imposing symbol of the dead knight's social rank and personal authority.
Fonte: Close Helmet (from a funerary achievement?), c.1590-1625. Holland (?), late 16th-early 17th Century. Gilded steel (invaded with rust); red velvet lining, plume holder; overall: 33 x 34 x 21.3 cm (13 x 13 3/8 x 8 3/8 in.). The Cleveland Museum of Art, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. John L. Severance 1916.1787