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

Helm for the Joust of Peace (Stechhelm)

ca. 1500
probably Nuremberg
German, probably Nuremberg
Steel, copper alloy
H. 17 3/4 in. (45 cm); W. 11 1/2 in. (29.2 cm); D. 18 in. (45.7 cm); Wt. 17 lb. 14 oz. (8097 g)
Credit Line:
Bashford Dean Memorial Collection, Gift of Edward S. Harkness, 1929
Accession Number:
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)
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Count Franz I zu Erbach-Erbach, Schloss Erbach in Odenwald, Germany (said to have previously been in Nuremberg; until d. 1823; by descent through his family to Count Conrad); Count Conrad zu Erbach-Erbach, Schloss Erbach (until 1922; sold through Major Hans Müller-Hickler to Dean, December, 1922); Bashford Dean, Riverdale, NY (1922–d. 1928; his estate, 1928–1929; sold to MMA, 1929).
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