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)
Credit Line: Bashford Dean Memorial Collection, Gift of Edward S. Harkness, 1929
Accession Number: 29.156.67a
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.