German (probably Nuremberg) / Tournament Helm (Stechhelm) / ca. 1500German (probably Nuremberg)
Tournament Helm (Stechhelm)
ca. 1500

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Creator Nationality: European; Northern European; German
Creator Name-CRT: German (probably Nuremberg)
Title: Tournament Helm (Stechhelm)
Title Type: Object name
View: Full View
Creation Start Date: 1480
Creation End Date: 1520
Creation Date: ca. 1500
Object Type: Decorative Arts and Utilitarian Objects
Classification Term: Armors
Materials and Techniques: Steel, brass
Dimensions: H. 17 3/4 in. (45 cm)
AMICA Contributor: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Owner Location: New York, New York, USA
ID Number: 29.156.67a
Credit Line: Bashford Dean Memorial Collection, Gift of Edward S. Harkness, 1929

The helm 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 unhorse the opposing rider. This helmet was probably part of a series of armors kept in the Nuremberg arsenal for use in civic tournaments.

AMICA ID: MMA_.29.156.67a
AMICA Library Year: 2000
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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