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A rare Italian painted helmet, celata di ferro, and matching breast-plate, petto di corsaletto di ferro, for the Gioco del Ponte, Pisa, 17th century with characteristic 18th century alterations. The helmet with two-piece skull formed with a low flattened comb, the latter reinforced by a group of four transverse rivets spaced over much of its length, fitted with iron plume-holder, a single neck lame on a separate flanged base-plate.
The sephera of the tree was a symbol of transcendence, associated with the god Mercury (the guide of spirits), who is depicted with wings. This image is a perfect symbol for the exile and return story of the Kabbalah, symbolizing both the upward striving and the balancing of opposites; the middle pillar of the tree represents equilibrium and harmony