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Visored Bascinet

A work made of steel and brass.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of steel and brass.




Western European

About this artwork

The quintessential knightly helmet of the late 14th century, the bascinet was used throughout Europe. Its pronounced conical skull and pointed visor were designed to deflect blows side to side and were described in its own time in Germany as a Hundsgugel, or hound’s hood. The pierced steel pins around the base of the skull were used to attach a mail hood, called an aventail, that protected the shoulders.

Complete surviving examples are rare. This helmet is made of two separate period parts, skull and visor, which were repaired and joined in the early 20th century to make a complete example.


On View, Gallery 239


Applied Arts of Europe


Visored Bascinet


Italy (Object made in)

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Made 1390–1410


Steel and brass


H.: 24.1 cm (9 1/2 in.)

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George F. Harding Collection

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