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Helm for the Joust of Peace

 

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)

 

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.

Helm for the Joust of Peace
 
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