Detail View: The AMICA Library: Sallet in the Shape of a Lion's Head

AMICA ID: 
MMA_.23.141
AMICA Library Year: 
2000
Object Type: 
Decorative Arts and Utilitarian Objects
Creator Nationality: 
European; Southern European; Italian
Creator Name-CRT: 
Italian
Title: 
Sallet in the Shape of a Lion's Head
Title Type: 
Object name
View: 
Full View
Creation Date: 
1470-80
Creation Start Date: 
1470
Creation End Date: 
1480
Materials and Techniques: 
Steel, copper-gilt, glass, polychromy
Classification Term: 
Armors
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
Rights: 
Context: 

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.

Related Image Identifier Link: 
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