Burgonet - inv. 2518

Milan, second half 16th century

Burgonet
ca. 1570
steel  
1573 g
1879 bequest Gian Giacomo Poldi Pezzoli
Inv. 2518

This burgonet (a helmet with a bill or peak, neck guard and hinged cheek-pieces, leaving the face uncovered) is embossed, engraved, tooled, impressed, gilt and silvered. At the sides it bears the figures of Victory with the palm leaf and Fame with the trumpet. Both are dressed in antique style and accompanied by a boy. On the front is a head of Medusa, with a jewel in her hair and two snakes entwined around it. The grounds are tooled and gilt (but the gilding, executed by the fire-gilt technique, has mostly been lost). The burgonet, of outstanding quality, is one of the few pieces from the second half of the sixteenth century still decorated mythological subjects. .