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Helm for the Joust of Peace (Stechhelm)

Date:
ca. 1500
Geography:
probably Nuremberg
Culture:
German, probably Nuremberg
Medium:
Steel, copper alloy
Dimensions:
H. 17 3/4 in. (45 cm); W. 11 1/2 in. (29.2 cm); D. 18 in. (45.7 cm); Wt. 17 lb. 14 oz. (8097 g)
Classification:
Helmets
Credit Line:
Bashford Dean Memorial Collection, Gift of Edward S. Harkness, 1929
Accession Number:
29.156.67a
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 373
The Stechhelm formed part of a highly specialized tournament armor worn solely for the Gestech, or German joust, fought with blunted lances. The object was to break lances or to unhorse the opponent. This helmet was probably part of a series kept in the Nuremberg arsenal for civic tournaments.
Count Franz I zu Erbach-Erbach, Schloss Erbach in Odenwald, Germany (said to have previously been in Nuremberg; until d. 1823; by descent through his family to Count Conrad); Count Conrad zu Erbach-Erbach, Schloss Erbach (until 1922; sold through Major Hans Müller-Hickler to Dean, December, 1922); Bashford Dean, Riverdale, NY (1922–d. 1928; his estate, 1928–1929; sold to MMA, 1929).
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Gothic and Renaissance Art in Nuremberg: 1300–1550," April 8–June 22, 1986, no. 265.

Nuremberg. Germanisches Nationalmuseum. "Kunst der Gotik und Renaissance in Nürnberg," July 24–September 28, 1986, no. 265.

Erbach-Erbach, Eberhard zu. General-Catalog der Gräflich Erbachischen Sammlungen in Schlosse zu Erbach. Erbach im Odenwald: Aug. Franz, 1894. p. 8, no. 39 (as "schwerer Erbacher Turnier-helm aus dem 15. Jahrhunderte").

Grancsay, Stephen V., Thomas T. Hopes, George C. Stone, and Fred G. Blakeslee. [Boxed Set Containing "Brief Essays on Armor and Arms," Nos. 1–4 and a Series of 17 Pamphlets of Photographs of Arms and Armor in Members' Collections, Nos. 1–85]. New York: Armor and Arms Club, 1925. no. 2 [52], ill.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Stephen V. Grancsay, and Carl Otto von Kienbusch. The Bashford Dean Collection of Arms and Armor in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Portland, Maine: Southworth Press for the Armor and Arms Club of New York City, 1933. no. 51.

Nickel, Helmut. Ullstein-Waffenbuch: Eine Kulturhistorische Waffenkunde Mit Markenverzeichnis. Berlin: Ullstein, 1974. p. 87, ill.

Angerer, Martin, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and Germanisches Nationalmuseum. Nürnberg, 1300–1550: Kunst der Gotik und Renaissance. 1st ed. ed. Munich: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1986. pp. 455–56, no. 265.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Germanisches Nationalmuseum. Gothic and Renaissance Art in Nuremberg, 1300–1550. 1st ed. ed. New york: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, May 1986. pp. 455–56, no. 265.

Nickel, Helmut. "Arms and Armor from the Permanent Collection." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin 49, no. 1 (Summer 1991). pp. 20, 64, ill.

Karcheski, Walter J. "The Nuremburg Stechzeuge Armours." The Journal of the Arms and Armour Society 14, no. 4 (September 1993). pp. 187–88, fig. 6.



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