-- Barbute
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Barbute (also known as the Barbuta, Celata)
Time Period: 15th century
Location: Italy
Common Construction: Steel

Along with the sallet, the barbute replaced the basinet as the primary form of head protection in the 15th century. The sallet was primarily used in Northern Europe, and the barbute in Italy.

The barbute is an open faced helmet with a characterstic "T" or "Y" shaped opening to allow a high degree of visibility and ventilation. Unlike the sallet, it did not require a bevor to provide full protection.

It is believed that the barbute's design was a tribute to the classical corinthian helms of ancient Greece. The Italian Renaissance created a renewed interest in many forms of scholarship including history and art. The barbute is both a functional piece of armor and an artistic statement that reminds the viewer of the classical period.

Armor, CE 15th Century, Helmet, History, Italy

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