Visored Sallet

Visored Sallet

c. 1490-1500

Steel

Overall: 21 x 25 x 42 cm (8 1/4 x 9 13/16 x 16 9/16 in.)

John L. Severance Fund 2014.393

Fun Fact

Medieval sallets were design inspiration for modern-day fireman's helmets.

Description

The sallet is a partly open-face helmet common in Europe during the 1400s, used in both equestrian and infantry versions. Sallets with movable visors, like this example, are considered to be more technically and visually interesting; beautifully streamlined, it assumes a highly sculptural teardrop shape. Originally it would have been part of a complete suit of armor. The sallet became the quintessential helmet form of the late Middle Ages and is frequently represented in medieval miniatures and woodcuts.

See also
Collection: 
MED - Arms & Armor
Department: 
Medieval Art
Type of artwork: 
Arms and Armor
Medium: 
Steel

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