Gorget (from a funerary achievement?)

c.1590–1625
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This helmet and gorget has been decorated by fire-gilding, an extremely toxic process that produced a look of great luxury.

Description

This helmet was originally intended for field use. Later, it seems to have served a funerary purpose, probably as an ornament (known as a funerary achievement) suspended over the church tomb of an unidentified knight. As such, it would have been a rich and imposing symbol of the dead knight's social rank and personal authority.
Gorget (from a funerary achievement?)

Gorget (from a funerary achievement?)

c.1590–1625

Netherlands(?), late 16th-early 17th Century

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