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Vamplate (Hand Guard for a Lance)

Matthes Deutsch (German, Landshut, documented 1485–1505)
ca. 1490
German, Landshut
H. 16 3/8 in. (41.5 cm); W. 11 3/8 in. (28.9 cm)
Shafted Weapons
Credit Line:
Gift of William H. Riggs, 1913
Accession Number:
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.
Marking: Stamped on the lower plate with the linden leaf mark of Matthes Deutsch, and with the "Landshuetl" mark of the city of Landshut.
William H. Riggs, Paris (until 1913; his gift to MMA).
Haffner-Grevenrath, Waltraud. Eisenkleider: Plattnerarbeiten aus drei Jahrhunderten aus der Sammlung des Deutschen Historischen Museums. Berlin, 1992. p. 58, no. 61.

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