Jousting Sallet (Rennhut) Made for Louis II (1506–1526), King of Hungary and Bohemia

Attributed to Kolman Helmschmid German

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 374

The helmet was intended for the Scharfrennen, a joust fought by two mounted contestants armed with sharp lances. The conjoined initials L and M, for Louis II of Hungary (1506–1526) and his wife, Maria of Austria, are featured prominently in the decoration. Discovered in the collection of the former imperial arsenal in Istanbul, the helmet was presumably captured by the Turks when they overran much of eastern Europe between 1526 and 1529. Louis II was killed in the battle of Mohács on August 29, 1526, while defending Hungary against the Turkish invasion.

Jousting Sallet (<i>Rennhut</i>) Made for Louis II (1506–1526), King of Hungary and Bohemia, Attributed to Kolman Helmschmid (German, Augsburg 1471–1532), Steel, copper alloy, gold, German, Augsburg

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