Visored Sallet

Visored Sallet

c. 1490–1500


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

Weight: 2.48 kg (5.47 lbs.)

John L. Severance Fund 2014.393

Did you know?

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


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
MED - Arms & Armor
Medieval Art
Type of artwork: 
Arms and Armor

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