Object Title

Barbuta

Barbuta

Date

1440

Object Number

IV.534

Provenance

Purchased at auction from Deacon's, 29 May 1844. Previously sold at Oxenham's in 1842 as part of a 'Gothic' armour said to be from Istanbul

Physical Description

The skull extends to the ears, and is formed with a low point at the top from which a medial ridge runs forwards to a point. lower part of the helmet is formed of a deep plate curved round an riveted to the skull. There is a vertical central opening, widening at the eyes to form oval slits, with outward flanges at the edges. The skull is original, the lower plate a restoration.

Materials

Dimensions

Dimensions: Height: 320 mm; width: 215 mm; depth: 252 mm Weight: 3.26kg (7 lb 3 oz)

Inscriptions and Marks

None.

Associations

Places Italy

Bibliographic References

Robinson, H R 'A converted helmet and some early barbuta and armets', Journal of the Arms and Armour Society I: 35-7, pl. vii.

Notes

Several helmets of this type are known, all from the armour find at Chalkis in Euboea, one in the Metropolitan Museum of Art (ex-Dean), the others in the Historical Museum in Athens, see C J ffoulkes, Archaeologia LXII, 1911.