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Comb Morion

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

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  • A work made of steel, iron, brass, and leather.





About this artwork

The morion was the most common helmet throughout Europe in the 16th century. Its popularity owes to a design that was as stylish as it was practical. The pointed broad brim and comb were crafted to protect the open face, neck, and top of the head by trapping or sliding away an assailant’s blows.


On View, Gallery 239


Applied Arts of Europe


Comb Morion


France (Object made in)

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Made 1560–1590


Steel, iron, brass, and leather


24.1 × 40.6 × 35.6 cm (9 1/2 × 16 × 14 in.)

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George F. Harding Collection

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