A Fine German Comb Morion
Lot 242
A Fine German Comb Morion
Late 16th Century
Sold for £6,875 (US$ 11,555) inc. premium
Auction Details
A Fine German Comb Morion
Lot Details
A Fine German Comb Morion
Late 16th Century
Of one piece, with rounded skull rising to a tall roped comb, and downturned brim pointed fore and aft and with turned and roped edge, the base of the skull encircled by sixteen contemporary gilt-brass lion-masks each with a ring in its mouth and fitted at a later date, etched over each side of the skull with scrolling strapwork against a ground of fine scrollwork enclosing, on one side, a scaled ovoidal frame decorated with a standing bearded male figure in contemporary costume holding a longarm in his left hand, within a foliated landscape against a granular ground, and on the other with a female figure en suite holding the leash of her hound in her left hand and a spear in her right, one side of the comb with hounds pursuing a hare in a foliate landscape within line and ropework borders, and on the other with a similar scene of a hound pursuing a stag, the brim etched with scrolling foliage against a granular ground, the figural panels on each side retaining some original gilding and the etching throughout against a blackened ground (some pitting in places)
30.5 cm. high


  • This helmet appears to have much in common with the series of etched morions that were apparently worn by the guard of the Dukes of Hesse of which a dozen are preserved in the Hessisches Landesmuseum, Darmstadt, and one, formerly in the Bashford Dean Collection, in the Metropolitan Museum of Art (acc. no. 20.158.48). See Stuart W. Pyhrr, The Metropolitan Museum Of Art, European Helmets, 1450-1650, Treasures from the Reserve Collection, 2000, p. 33, no. 52 (illustrated)
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