Germany, Nuremberg, c. 1500 / Close Helmet with Grotesque Face (Shembartlaufen Visor) / c. 1500Germany, Nuremberg, c. 1500
Close Helmet with Grotesque Face (Shembartlaufen Visor)
c. 1500

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Creator Nationality: European; Northern European; German
Creator Dates/Places: Germany
Creator Active Place: Germany
Creator Name-CRT: Germany, Nuremberg, c. 1500
Title: Close Helmet with Grotesque Face (Shembartlaufen Visor)
Title Type: Primary
View: Full View
Creation Start Date: 1480
Creation End Date: 1520
Creation Date: c. 1500
Object Type: Decorative Arts and Utilitarian Objects
Classification Term: Armor
Classification Term: Arms
Materials and Techniques: painted steel
Dimensions: Overall: 27.3cm x 25.7cm x 22.2cm
AMICA Contributor: The Cleveland Museum of Art
Owner Location: Cleveland, Ohio, USA
ID Number: 1916.1646
Credit Line: Gift of Mr. and Mrs. John L. Severance
Context: A small number of similar painted helmets survive today. All appear to date to the early 1500s. The visors of these helmets are usually in the form of fiercely grimacing human or animal faces, known as Schembart visors after the masked revelers in the Schembartlaufen, the medieval Shrovetide parades. The city of Nuremberg was particularly famous for its Shrovetide parades which were often held in conjunction with a tournament in which the younger members of the city's patrician families, presumably sporting such helmets, participated.
AMICA ID: CMA_.1916.1646
AMICA Library Year: 1998
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright, The Cleveland Museum of Art

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