Pair of Tournament Pauldrons (Shoulder Defenses)

Marked by Lorenz Helmschmid German

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 373

These pauldrons were part of an armor for the German joust (Gestech), fought with blunted lances. Their maker, Lorenz Helmschmid, was the court armorer of Emperor Maximilian I and one of the leading armorers of the period.

Pair of Tournament Pauldrons (Shoulder Defenses), Marked by Lorenz Helmschmid (German, Augsburg, ca. 1445–1516), Steel, copper alloy, German, Augsburg

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Overall, right and left pauldrons, front view