A barred close helmet for the Pisan Giacco del Ponte
Lot 3009
A barred close helmet for the Pisan Gioco del Ponte
Sold for US$ 4,914 inc. premium
Lot Details
A barred close helmet for the Pisan Gioco del Ponte
16th century and later
The skull of one piece and probably early 16th century; decorated on either side of the apex with three pairs of flutes retaining traces of etched decoration incorporating scrollwork and panoplies; comb has been removed and replaced with an iron panel with scalloped rims and secured by round-headed rivets; lower six inches of skull replaced with section from another helmet, the lower rim flanged and fitted with a single lame neck guard; bevor showing traces of etched decoration and affixed on either side with two hooks, one for the visor and one for the skull, and riveted to the skull on either side together with a barred visor of familiar form; lower rim flanged and fitted with single lame guard.
Condition: Mottled grey patina showing wear and areas of pitting. Skull with several patches to the interior.
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Footnotes

  • Note: The Pisan Gioco del Ponte, first recorded in 1568, was fought annually on the Ponte di Mezzo over the river Arno. The contest pitted two teams, the Tramontana (north of the river) and the Mezzogiorno (south of the river), which were further divided into squadrons. The last traditional gioco was held in 1807. See A Rare Armor for the Gioco del Ponte, Karcheski and La Rocca, Metropolitan Museum Journal, Vol, 42, 2007, pages 107-119.
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