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Tournament Helm (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.
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