Armet with Mask Visor

German, Nuremberg or Austrian, Innsbruck

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Helmets fitted with masklike visors were a popular German fashion about 1510 to 1540. Visors forged as humorous or grotesque human masks were often worn in tournaments held during the exuberant pre-Lenten (Shrovetide) festivals, celebrations somewhat akin to modern Mardi Gras. The deep cuts on the left side of this example suggest that it was used in a mock battle, or tourney, fought by groups of horsemen armed with lances and swords. The helmet's powerful sculptural form, technical accomplishment, and imaginitive conception demonstrate the armorer's virtuosity.

Armet with Mask Visor, Steel, German, Nuremberg or Austrian, Innsbruck

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Helmet with visor embossed in form of a human face