Sallet in the Shape of a Lion's Head, 1470--80; Italian

While I try to avoid the NYPL Lions (as well as Times Sq.) area like the plague, LoveMattersMost demanded lions on a previous vid (hehehe)! I thought this was far more interesting and slightly older. I hope you like it!

Steel, copper-gilt, glass, polychromy

H. 11 3/4 in. (30 cm), Wt. 8 lb. 4 oz. (3.7 kg)
Harris Brisbane Dick Fund, 1923 (23.141)

This helmet is the earliest surviving example of Renaissance armor all'antica (in the antique style). The helmet represents the head of the Nemean Lion, whose pelt was worn as a headdress and cloak by the mythological hero Hercules. Hercules was frequently portrayed in Renaissance art as a symbol of indomitable strength, courage, and perseverance. The gilt-copper lion's head is mounted over a plain steel sallet made specifically for this purpose. The helmet retains its original padded canvas lining.

Source: Sallet in the Shape of a Lion's Head [Italian] (23.141) | Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History | The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Citation
"Sallet in the Shape of a Lion's Head [Italian] (23.141)". In Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2000--. http://www.metmuseum.org/toah/works-of-art/23.141 (October 2006)

Souce: http://www.metmuseum.org/toah/works-of-art/23.141

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