Vamplate (Hand Guard for a Lance)

Armorer Matthes Deutsch German

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 373

The vamplate, for a lance used in the Scharfrennen (a joust fought on horseback with sharpened lances), has an upper plate designed to break away on impact, signaling to the judges and the audience a well-aimed hit.

Vamplate (Hand Guard for a Lance), Matthes Deutsch (German, Landshut, documented 1485–1505), Steel, German, Landshut

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