Italian / Sallet in the Shape of a Lion's Head / 1470-80Italian
Sallet in the Shape of a Lion's Head

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Creator Nationality: European; Southern European; Italian
Creator Name-CRT: Italian
Title: Sallet in the Shape of a Lion's Head
Title Type: Object name
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Creation Start Date: 1470
Creation End Date: 1480
Creation Date: 1470-80
Object Type: Decorative Arts and Utilitarian Objects
Classification Term: Armors
Materials and Techniques: Steel, copper-gilt, glass, polychromy
Dimensions: H. 11 3/4 in. (30 cm), Wt. 8 lb. 4 oz. (3.7 kg)
AMICA Contributor: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Owner Location: New York, New York, USA
ID Number: 23.141
Credit Line: Harris Brisbane Dick Fund, 1923

This helmet is the earliest surviving example of Renaissance armor "all'antica" (in the antique style). The helmet represents the head of the Nemean Lion, whose pelt was worn as a headdress and cloak by the mythological hero Hercules. Hercules was frequently portrayed in Renaissance art as a symbol of indomitable strength, courage, and perseverance. The gilt-copper lion's head is mounted over a plain steel sallet made specifically for this purpose. The helmet retains its original padded canvas lining.

AMICA ID: MMA_.23.141
AMICA Library Year: 2000
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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