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    A c.1580 Morion helmet from the National Museum of Ireland's collection

    Only two known medieval helmets survive on the Irish archaeological record. For the sixteenth century the total count of surviving helmets in the national collection is also but two - the only difference being that disappointingly there is no provenance for these latter. One of these renaissance era helmets is a flat brimmed cabasset with an unadorned browned finish - typical produce of north Italian workshops of that period which saw widespread use by contemporary European infantry. The other is a fine etched morion helmet described here:

    http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/...313799814.html

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    interesting... thanks for posting, Dave. Any clue how long the non-provenanced helmets have been in the national collection?
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    There is no definite information on that Mark unfortunately. It could have been relatively modern times though...
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    Interesting. As far as Irish armor is concerned, this painting of Sir Neil O'Neill has always been very curious.
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    that painting...

    Quote Originally Posted by Mark McMorrow View Post
    Interesting. As far as Irish armor is concerned, this painting of Sir Neil O'Neill has always been very curious.
    I believe that's the grandson of the chap who had the morion shown. The armour is japanese- not sure if he was a collector or this was simply being used as an artists prop. From about 1620 on, the Dutch exported from their trade mission examples of Japanese crafts including weapons and armour- apparently no less an artist than Rembrandt was a collector of Japanese swords.

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    Hey Al,

    Yes, the Japanese connection in this painting is well known. Though a lot of speculation swirls regarding it's use in the composition.
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