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Jousting Helm

ca. 1475–1500
H. 20 in. (50.8 cm); W. 14 3/4 in. (37.5 cm); D. 16 in. (40.6 cm); Wt. 19 lb. 5 oz. (8769 g)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1904
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 373
Very little Italian tournament armor survives from the fifteenth century, making this helm very rare. It was designed for use in the joust, a contest between two mounted combatants armed with blunted lances. The helm is stamped with an unidentified armorer's mark: PA beneath a crown.
Marking: Stamped with an unidentified armorer's mark: PA beneath a crown.
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Royal Armoury. Royal Armoury, Hay-Market: Catalogue. London, 1835. no. B-18.

Dean, Bashford, and The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Catalogue of European Arms and Armor. Metropolitan Museum of Art Handbook, Vol. 15. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1905. fig. 49 B.

Laking, Guy Francis, Charles Alexander Cosson, and Francis Henry Cripps-Day. A Record of European Armour and Arms Through Seven Centuries. Vol. 2. London: G. Bell and Sons, 1920. pp. 105-107, fig. 452.

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