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Helmet

Date:
ca. 1535
Culture:
German
Medium:
Steel
Dimensions:
H. 10 in. (25.4 cm); D. 13 1/4 in. (33.7 cm)
Classification:
Helmets
Credit Line:
Purchase, Joseph Pulitzer Bequest, 1938
Accession Number:
38.128.1
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 371
This helmet and the armor to which it belongs (26.92.1, 38.128.2) form a fine late example of a fluted armor, made shortly before the style went out of fashion. It is distinguished for its unusually large proportions and impressive height. The bands of scales and the distinctive roping of the lower edge of the helmet and the top edge of the breastplate are features frequently found on armors from northern Germany (possibly Brunswick), a region generally not known for producing fluted armors. The leg defenses are associated, being of the same period but originally not belong with the rest of the armor.
Ex. Coll.: Dr. William Meyrick; Henry Arthur Brassey, Preston Hall, Kent, England; Leonard Brassey, Apethorpe Hall, Peterborough, England; William Randolph Hearst.
Bonnefons de Lavialle and Roussel. Catalogue de la précieuse collection d'objets d'art et de curiosité... composant le cabinet de M. S... [Sommeson] Vente 24 janv. 1848.... Paris: Impr. et Lithogr. de Maulde et Renou, January 24–26, 1848. p. 38, no. 217 ("Heaume allemand..." possibly this helmet or a very similar one).

Diener-Schönberg, Alfons. Die Waffen der Wartburg: Beschreibendes Verzeichnis der Waffen-Sammlung S.K.H. des Grossherzogs Wilhelm Ernst von Sachsen-Weimar-Eisenach. Berlin: Historischer Verlag Baumgärtel, 1912. no. 22, tafel 11 (a similar armor).

Christie, Manson & Woods. Meyrick Arms and Armour Being the Collection Formed About the Middle of the 19th Century by the Late Dr. William Meyrick. London: Christie, Manson & Woods, February 21, 1922. p. 11, no. 61, ill.

Grancsay, Stephen V. "A Maximilian Helmet and Gauntlet Retrieved." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin 33, no. 12 (December 1938). pp. 268–71, figs. 1–2.

Connoisseur. "The Connoisseur in America: Maximilian Helmet and Gauntlet Acquired by the Metropolitan." The Connoisseur 103, no. 450 (February 1939). p. 101.

Lane, James W. "Notes from New York." Apollo 29 (January 1939). pp. 90–91, ill.

Spitzlberger, Georg. Landshuter Plattnerkunst, Ein Überblick mit Katalog der Ausstellung, vom 14. Juni bis 20. Juli 1975, täglich 9–17 Uhr, im Deutschen Saal der Stadtresidenz. Landshut: K. Möginger, 1975. p. 55, pl. 19.



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