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Burgonet: HEN.M.91-1933

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Burgonet, of cast brass, with high-relief decoration, for display. Cast in one piece with a high medial comb, a short downturned peak, a backward-projecting neck-defence, and an arched cut-out over each ear. The helmet is decorated in high relief with the Rape of the Sabines on the right side, the Judgement of Paris on the left side, the head of Perseus at the brow, trophies of arms on each side of the comb, and broad scrolls at the edges of the peak and neck-defence.


History note: Mr James Stewart Henderson of 'Abbotsford', Downs Road, St Helen's Park, Hastings, Sussex.

Legal notes

J.S. Henderson Bequest

Measurements and weight

Depth: 34.5 cm
Height: 29.5 cm
Weight: 3 kg
Width: 20.2 cm

Relative size of this object

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Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1933-03-16) by Henderson, James Stewart


19th century
Circa 1800 - 1900


North Italian

The helmet has a blackened finish which is worn through to bright brass at a number of high points.

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work


Materials used in production

Brass (alloy)

Techniques used in production

Casting (process) : Cast in one piece with a high medial comb, a short downturned peak, a backward-projecting neck-defence, and an arched cut-out over each ear; cast, decorated in high relief

Identification numbers

Accession number: HEN.M.91-1933
Primary reference Number: 18539
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 11 January 2023 Last processed: Wednesday 11 January 2023

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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