FRIDAY FACE - happily looking back at a weird and tumultuous week. This is an old photograph of a rather interesting helmet of armet-type in the Museum's collection. It first 'appeared' early in the 20th century as part of a "complete" and "homogenous" armor. Carl Otto Kretzschmar von Kienbusch acquired it, but then the armor turned out to be largely composite, so he gave it away and only kept the helmet. The latter entered the Museum's collection as part of the Kienbusch Bequest in 1977, but then the helmet turned out to be composite too: the skull, or bowl, the cheek pieces, and the upper part of the visor are genuine and of about the same date but do not belong together, while the lower part of the visor (in the shape of a grinning mouth) is a modern addition. The most striking and important part of this assembly is, of course, the "visor" ... only, it turned out not to be a visor at all but the brim, or peak, of an extremely rare open-faced type of helmet made specifically for ceremonial purposes: less than a handful of comparative pieces are known to survive. [All these findings are not mine, by the way, but the summed up research of some of my predecessors.] The peak was just photographed again on its own, and I will post one of those images a little later today .
Peak from a Ceremonial Helmet, attributed to the Helmschmid workshop, probably Lorenz Helmschmid (German, active 1467-1515), German (Augsburg), c. 1505-20; iron alloy (steel); @philamuseum The Philadelphia Museum of Art, Bequest of Carl Otto Kretzschmar von Kienbusch, 1977 (1977-167-80b).
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