Sallet

Date: ca. 1470–80

Geography: Milan

Culture: Italian, Milan

Medium: Steel

Dimensions: H. 10 3/4 in. (27.3 cm); W. 7 3/4 in. (19.7 cm); D. 10 1/4 in. (26 cm); Wt. 6 lb. 9.4 oz. (2988 g)

Classification: Helmets

Credit Line: Rogers Fund, 1904

Accession Number: 04.3.232

Description

The term sallet (from the Italian celata) is applied to a wide variety of fifteenth-century helmets that have open faces or, if visored, leave the lower face and neck exposed. This tall form of sallet is typically Italian and is sometimes referred to as a barbute. It is struck twice on the right side at the back with the same armorer's mark: two Gothic letters ("SS" or "SZ") beneath a split-legged cross. Struck on the right cheek is the lion of Saint Mark, a control mark that perhaps denotes the helmet's former presence in the Venice arsenal.

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