Grotesque Armet

German, early 16th century
built 1984

This unlikely-looking armet is a copy of one given to Henry VIII by Emperor Maximilian I in 1514. The face appears to be a caricature of the emperor himself, with his typical Hapsburg nose and underbite. Ram's horns and spectacles add to the absurd appearance; on the original they are permanently attached to the helmet - in this copy they are removeable. The original includes etched beard stubble and other details; when I made this helmet my shop was not yet doing etching - the next one will look marvelous.

Incidentally, this helmet was made to accompany (and fits onto) a copy of the "Rogendorf harness".

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