This type of salade was in Italy termed barbuta, because at a distance the projecting sides gave the wearer a bearded aspect. The barbute in face was a more or less close reproduction of the Greek hoplites' helmets, and was assuredly inspired by the discovery of actual (Greco-Italian) hoplites' headpieces, which the Italian masters copied, considering the shape a practical one. In Northern Italy, particularly in Venice, the barbute was in vogue during the XIV and XV centuries.
The barbute, like the basoinet, is accounted one of the most sought for helmets. The rare examples which have come into the London market of late years, all realized high prices.
Provenance: Purchased by William Randolph Hearst from Arnold Seligmann, Rey & Co., Inc., April 24, 1924.
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Photograph, William Randolph Hearst Archive, S/B lot 625, art #248, Album 7, p. 8