Italian Barbute

  • $500.00

Weight 3.40 kg

Region Europe
Age XIV th century
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Italian Barbute

Barbute is an Italian helmet of the 15th century, it doen’t have a visor, often has a characteristic T- or Y- shaped cut-outs for eyes and mouth. Barbute resembles classical Greek helmets and probably could appear under the influence of the renewed interest to ancient artifacts. Barbute’s defining feature is that the helmet completely covers both halves of the face. This feature is always present regardless of the cut-out shape (T- or Y- shaped). Such design made wearing a helmet gorget optional. Some helmets have a protuberance at the top coming down along the face and designed to protect the nose. Barbutes were often covered with cloth, usually a heavy velvet. The main difference between barbute and Greek hoplite’s helmet is in the materials used for the manufacturing (ancient Greeks used bronze) and the lack of a pronounced decorative ridge. Despite the presence of some barbutes in sets of Milanese armor in museum exhibitions, they were purely infantry helmets. The book by Fred and Lillian Funken has a picture of barbute with a visor called "sparrow's beak", though there are no other evidence of barbute use by cavalry.

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