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Creator Nationality: European; Dutch
Creator Name-CRT: Holland (?), c.1590-1625
Title: Close Helmet (from a funerary achievement?)
Title Type: Primary
View: Full View
Creation Start Date: 1590
Creation End Date: 1625
Creation Date: c.1590-1625
Object Type: Decorative Arts and Utilitarian Objects
Classification Term: Armor
Classification Term: Arms
Materials and Techniques: gilded steel (invaded with rust); red velvet lining, plume holder
Dimensions: Overall: 33cm x 34cm x 21.3cm
AMICA Contributor: The Cleveland Museum of Art
Owner Location: Cleveland, Ohio, USA
ID Number: 1916.1787
Credit Line: Gift of Mr. and Mrs. John L. Severance
Style or Period: Holland (?)
Context: This helmet, shown with its corresponding gorget (throat defence), was originally a perfectly functional helmet for field use. They appear to have later served a funerary purpose. The helmet and gorget were probably used as an ornament suspended over the church tomb of an unidentified knight. It would have thus been a rich and imposing symbol of the dead knight's social rank and personal authority. Numerous precedents exist for this practice, perhaps the most noteworthy is the great helm of Edward, the Black Prince (d. 1376), displayed over the canopy of his tomb in Canterbury Cathedral.
AMICA ID: CMA_.1916.1787
AMICA Library Year: 1998
Media Metadata Rights:
Copyright, The Cleveland Museum of Art
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