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Helmet

Date:
ca. 1535
Culture:
German
Medium:
Steel
Dimensions:
H. 10 in. (25.4 cm); D. 13 1/4 in. (33.7 cm)
Classification:
Helmets
Credit Line:
Purchase, Joseph Pulitzer Bequest, 1938
Accession Number:
38.128.1
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 371
This helmet and the armor to which it belongs (26.92.1, 38.128.2) form a fine late example of a fluted armor, made shortly before the style went out of fashion. It is distinguished for its unusually large proportions and impressive height. The bands of scales and the distinctive roping of the lower edge of the helmet and the top edge of the breastplate are features frequently found on armors from northern Germany (possibly Brunswick), a region generally not known for producing fluted armors. The leg defenses are associated, being of the same period but originally not belong with the rest of the armor.
Marking: What appears to be a mark on the forehead area of the helmet has been compared to the guild mark of the armorers of the city of Landshut, in southern Germany. However, this is probably a blemish in the metal, rather than an actual mark.
Ex. Coll.: Dr. William Meyrick; Henry Arthur Brassey, Preston Hall, Kent, England; Leonard Brassey, Apethorpe Hall, Peterborough, England; William Randolph Hearst.
Meyrick Arms and Armour Being the Collection Formed About the Middle of the 19th Century by the Late Dr. William Meyrick. London: Christie, Manson & Woods, February 21, 1922. p. 11, no. 61, ill.

Spitzlberger, Georg. Landshuter Plattnerkunst, Ein überblick mit Katalog der Ausstellung, vom 14. Juni bis 20. Juli 1975, täglich 9–17 Uhr, im Deutschen Saal der Stadtresidenz. Landshut: K. Möginger, June 14–July 20, 1975. p. 55, pl. 19.



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