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Jousting Helm (Stechhelm)

A work made of steel, brass, and paint.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of steel, brass, and paint.

Date:

1480/1490

Artist:

Christian Spor (Austrian, 1464-1495)
Innsbruck

About this artwork

This heavy helm, weighing over 20 pounds, was completely impractical in battle but ideal for the joust. In order to be secured, the helm had a hinged steel strap that bolted to the front of the breastplate. Its deep, “frog-shaped” front, up to a half-inch thick, was designed to deflect a steel-headed lance. Inside was thick quilted padding with bands to secure the head from whiplash. The deep gouges around the throat and top of the helm bear witness to the force of the encounter.

Status

On View, Gallery 239

Department

Applied Arts of Europe

Title

Jousting Helm (Stechhelm)

Origin

Innsbruck

Date

Made 1475–1500

Medium

Steel, brass, and paint

Dimensions

44.5 × 31.8 × 40.6 cm (17 1/2 × 12 1/2 × 16 in.)

Credit Line

George F. Harding Collection

Reference Number

1982.2445

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