The barbute was a fifteenth century helmet of Italian origin. It was made from a single piece of sheet metal, and sported a single T- or Y- shaped slot for seeing and breathing. It could also have a slight rest on the top to provide strength and protection against overhead blows.
The barbute extended down to the neck, covering the lower face without any extra components. This feature, as well as the slot, made it very similar to a greek style helmet. Some historians believe this is due to a revived interest in old artifacts.