A Moustache Masked Helmet

The 'Moustache masked' helmet

Dates from about 1525 | German | Object number: IV.29

This helmet has a most unusual visor in the form of a human face. It is a virtuoso example of metalworking: the moustache and nose were not attached but made as one with the visor. The moustache would have been particularly difficult to make.

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