Helm for the Joust of Peace (Stechhelm)

German, probably Nuremberg

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 373

The Stechhelm formed part of a highly specialized tournament armor worn solely for the Gestech, or German joust, fought with blunted lances. The object was to break lances or to unhorse the opponent. This helmet was probably part of a series kept in the Nuremberg arsenal for civic tournaments.

#4402. Tournament Helm (Stechhelm)

Helm for the Joust of Peace (<i>Stechhelm</i>), Steel, copper alloy, German, probably Nuremberg

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