The Curator's Eye Presents Arms and Armour Today, The Curator's Eye (www.CuratorsEye.com) highlights several of the notable arms and armour available for private sale and currently on display through the online exhibition.
News-Antique.com - Aug 07,2013 - NEW YORK AND LONDON - Across time and cultures, there has always been a need to defend oneself. Today, The Curator’s Eye (www.CuratorsEye.com) highlights several of the notable arms and armour available for private sale and currently on display through the online exhibition. The Curator’s Eye presents a global collection of swords, crossbows, helmets, and firearms, among other items. These objects combine history, utility, and beauty of function with a strong representation of their particular culture, as well as offering the enthusiastic private collector a unique opportunity to own a physical connection to the past.
Protection: Armour, Helmets, Masks
A composite German Maximilian field armour, circa 1520, begins the selected offering of arms and armour on The Curator’s Eye. This notable set, of bright steel, bears the Nuremberg beschau, or quality control mark which was controlled by the city. The armour has a close-helmet, Almain collar, and is also decorated throughout with flutes.
An Italian 'Savoyard' Helmet, circa 1620, is of distinctive fashion and was intended for wear by the cuirassier or heavy cavalryman. They are usually referred to as ‘Savoyard’ helmets, because, by tradition, many were taken as booty from the troops of Charles-Emmanuel I of Savoy following their unsuccessful assault on the city of Geneva, Switzerland, on the night of 11 December 1602.
Particularly interested in making a statement while protecting the head, this intriguing Japanese helmet, or kabuto, is in the distinct form of a Portuguese hat from circa 1580-1620. Made of six overlaid plates of russet iron, it has a raised edge, raised rivets, and inlaid silver decoration. The lower section of the plate displays larger areas of decoration applied in silver and gold leaf, with the 'exotic' nature of both the shape and decoration of the helmet enhanced by the possibly mainland Asian style of decoration. The gently curving rim of the helmet has an applied edge and the underside has a metal band for the fittings of the neck-protector (shikoro) traditionally found on Japanese helmets.
Also hailing from the island of Japan is the Samurai mask. The mempo, or menpo, covers half the face and this example is an exceptional iron mask with deep wrinkles on the cheeks and a protruding and split chin and a detachable nose, wide mouth and moustache holes. It includes a black-lacquered four-lame throat guard with red and tan lacing. The samurai were the warrior class in Japan that served to protect the nobility and first appeared in the 9th century. The origins of the Samurai were considered civilians and had to provide their own weapons and were the first organized army in Japan.
One of the earliest examples of armour available on The Curator’s Eye is a an ancient Greek bronze helmet of the Chalcidian type, circa 550-500 B.C. This remarkable artifact has a dent the size of an ancient sling bullet on the right side, possibly marking its battlefield history. It also exhibits large repoussé volutes on the rounded cheek pieces. The Chalcidian type helmet is identified