Detail View: The AMICA Library: Burgonet with Falling Buffe

AMICA ID: 
MMA_.04.3.217_22.140
AMICA Library Year: 
2000
Object Type: 
Decorative Arts and Utilitarian Objects
Creator Nationality: 
European; French
Creator Name-CRT: 
French (Paris)
Title: 
Burgonet with Falling Buffe
Title Type: 
Object name
View: 
Alternate View
Creation Date: 
ca. 1555
Creation Start Date: 
1553
Creation End Date: 
1557
Materials and Techniques: 
Steel, blued and gilded
Classification Term: 
Armors
Dimensions: 
H. 14 in. (35.5 cm), Wt. 5 lb. 6 oz. (2.4 kg)
AMICA Contributor: 
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Owner Location: 
New York, New York, USA
ID Number: 
04.3.217; 22.140
Credit Line: 
Burgonet: Rogers Fund, 1904; Buffe: Purchase, Joseph Pulitzer Bequest, 1922
Rights: 
Context: 

The medallions on either side of the helmet bowl are embossed with scenes of battle between the Lapiths and the Centaurs. The compositions derive in part from designs by Rosso Fiorentino (1494-1540), one of the Italian artists called to Fontainebleau to work for the French court. Probably made for Henry II of France (r. 1547-59), the helmet passed as a diplomatic gift to the Medici court in Florence later in the sixteenth century. It is included in a portrait of Cosimo II de' Medici (1590-1621), grand duke of Tuscany, in the Museum's collection (22.150)

Related Image Identifier Link: 
MMA_.aa04.3.217-22.140.AV3.tif