Sallet and Buffe for a Rennzeug in the Saxon Fashion


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The long-tailed German sallet was out of fashion as a field helmet by the early sixteenth century, but it continued to be used thereafter for the Scharfrennen, a joust fought between two contestants with sharp (rather than blunted) lances in an open field. Specially designed armors for this contest, known as Rennzeuge, included sallets bolted at the front to a buffe––a large rigid defense covering the lower face and neck––which in turn was bolted to the breastplate so that the head and upper body remained immobile. This sallet and buffe belong to a distinctive series of Rennzeuge made for use in the Saxon court at Dresden. Although unmarked, they are thought to have been made by the court armorers at Annaberg, in the Saxon territories. Two complete harnesses of this type are in the Metropolitan Museum's collection (acc. nos. 29.92.3, .4).

Sallet and Buffe for a Rennzeug in the Saxon Fashion, Steel, leather, German

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