Detail View: The AMICA Library: Cavalry Spider Helmet

AMICA ID: 
CMA_.1921.1258
AMICA Library Year: 
1998
Object Type: 
Decorative Arts and Utilitarian Objects
Creator Nationality: 
European; French
Creator Dates/Places: 
France
Creator Name-CRT: 
France, 17th century
Title: 
Cavalry Spider Helmet
Title Type: 
Primary
View: 
Full View
Creation Date: 
17th century
Creation Start Date: 
1600
Creation End Date: 
1699
Materials and Techniques: 
iron with black paint
Classification Term: 
Armor
Classification Term: 
Arms
Classification Term: 
Arms
Dimensions: 
Overall: 30.2cm x 21.3cm x 17.7cm
AMICA Contributor: 
The Cleveland Museum of Art
Owner Location: 
Cleveland, Ohio, USA
ID Number: 
1921.1258
Credit Line: 
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. John L. Severance
Rights: 
Context: 
The "spider-like" legs of this helmet protected the mounted soldier's face and head from slashing sword blows. The legs could be raised and locked up out of the way when not required. This is a strictly utilitarian armor of a very specialized sort.
Related Image Identifier Link: 
CMA_.1921.1258.tif