Mastery of past armourers and soldiers

Military helmets and banners of Belarusian lands on show at exhibition in Nesvizh

Military helmets and banners of Belarusian lands on show at exhibition in Nesvizh

The small exhibition hall of Nesvizh National Historical and Cultural Museum-Reserve is hosting Military Helmets of Defensive Weaponry and Banners of Belarusian Lands, from the 11th to 17th Century.

On show are helmets, as well as armour, javelins and banners from the 11th-17th century: 40 exhibits in total. “Using each helmet as an example, we can trace the development of armourers’ mastery, as well as seeing most types of helmets used by our ancestors and their rivals: early sectorial, sphero-conical, pot helmets, bassinets, sallet and armet-type helmets and burgonets,” notes a museum curator.

A highlight of the exhibition is a reconstructed helmet (the original being lost), as thought to have been worn by Radziwill the Black, from the mid-16th century, and thought to have been made by famous European master Kunz Lochner.

By Yevgeny Skorokhodov
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