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Reinforce for a Helmet (Gupfe)

Mattheus Frauenpreis the Elder (German, Augsburg, recorded 1510–49)
Mattheus Frauenpreis the Younger (German, Augsberg, 1530–1604)
Jörg Sorg the Younger (German, Augsburg, ca. 1522–1603)
German, Augsburg
Steel, gold
H. 5 5/8 in. (14.3 cm); W. 8 11/16 in. (22.1 cm); D. 9 1/8 in. (23.2 cm); Wt. 1 lb. 5 oz. (595 g)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1904
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 374
This exquisitely decorated plate fit as a reinforce over the bowl of a helmet for the tournament on foot. It belongs to an armor made for Maximilian II (1527–1576, emperor from 1564) upon his election as king of Bohemia in 1549. The major elements of the armor, a garniture for field and tournament use, are in the former imperial armory in Vienna.
Charles Maurice Camille de Talleyrand-Périgord Duc de Dino, Paris (until 1904; sold to MMA).
de Cosson, Charles A. Le Cabinet D'armes De Maurice De Talleyrand-Périgord, Duc De Dino. Paris: E. Rouveyre, October 31, 1901. p. 39, no. C.1, pl. 9.

Dean, Bashford. Notes on Arms and Armor. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1916.

Grancsay, Stephen V. Historical Armor: A Picture Book. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1944. 1946 (2nd edition); 1951 (3rd edition); 1957 (4th edition).

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