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Barbute (from the Venetian Garrison at Chalcis)

Barbute (from the Venetian Garrison at Chalcis)

c. 1350–1420


Overall: 29 x 21 x 25 cm (11 7/16 x 8 1/4 x 9 13/16 in.); Sleeves: 43.2 cm (17 in.)

Weight: 1.58 kg (3.48 lbs.)

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. John L. Severance 1923.1065

Did you know?

This helmet and a number of others were apparently excavated from the Venetian garrison at Chalcis on the Greek island of Euboea.


This is a rare example of a type of helmet used from about 1350 to 1480. Its conical shape deflected glancing blows to the head. Italian chronicles refer to professional men-at-arms as barbuti. The word derives from the Italian barba, or beard, a reference to the hood of mail often attached to these early helmets. The row of small holes along the face opening and neck were for the attachment of the hood and lining.

See also
MED - Arms & Armor
Medieval Art
Type of artwork: 
Arms and Armor

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