The fantastic appearance of this helmet, with its visor shaped like a griffin’s head and the comb of the bowl raised into the form of a serpent’s body, indicates that it was part of an elaborate pageant armor.

Date: ca. 1550
Geography: Milan or Brescia 
Culture: Italian, Milan or Brescia
Medium: Embossed and partly gilt and silvered steel
Dimensions: H. 11 3/4 in. (29.85 cm); W. 14 in. (35.56 cm); Wt. 6 lb. 14 oz. (3128 g)
Classification: Helmets
Credit Line: Fletcher Fund, 1929
Accession Number: 29.17
On view in Gallery 374

By: metmuseum.org