Apr 13, 2020

Closed Sallet with Grotesque Face (Schembart visor)

Closed Sallet with Grotesque Face (Schembart visor)

c. 1500

Painted steel

Overall: 27.3 x 25.7 x 22.2 cm (10 3/4 x 10 1/8 x 8 3/4 in.)

Weight: 2.42 kg (5.34 lbs.)

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. John L. Severance 1916.1646

Did you know?

Masked revelers at the Schembartlaufen of Nuremberg enjoyed food, drink, music, and dancing until coming to an abrupt end in 1539 due to the objections of a preacher.


A small number of similar painted helmets survive today. All appear to date to the early 1500s. The visors of these helmets are usually in the form of fiercely grimacing human or animal faces, known as Schembart visors after the masked revelers in the Schembartlaufen, the medieval Shrovetide parades. The city of Nuremberg was particularly famous for its Shrovetide parades that were often held in conjunction with a tournament in which the younger members of the city's patrician families, presumably sporting such helmets, participated.

See also
MED - Arms & Armor
Medieval Art
Type of artwork: 
Arms and Armor
Painted steel

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