Artifact of the Day

879

“Celatina” (little sallet)

Italy (not later than 1470)

1-piece steel skull, nearly hemispherical, with straight sides & is drawn out to form bluntly pointed short tail. Brow is cut with pair of deep, rounded openings for eyes, between which is pronounced inverted cusp. Low, medial ridge extends from this rearward, becoming lost in modern, patched-repaired area above. Ridge does not carry down back of head. Encircling skull above eyes is row of crudely formed lining-rivets, some of which retain fragments of strap within. Edges are plain & unturned.