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Scars of the show 

Detail of jousting saddle, about 1400, VI.94. Royal Armouries, CC BY 4.0

Jousting saddle (VI.94)

This saddle is designed for a tournament event called the Hohenzeuggestech, a type of joust that was popular in German-speaking lands in the late-14th century. The aim of the Hohenzeuggestech was to break the lance against the opponent rather than unhorse them. The saddle is therefore designed to raise the rider into an almost standing position in the stirrups, making it much harder to be knocked off the horse. The legs and lower torso are all protected by the saddle's long pommel shield. Although we can't be certain how the saddle was marked, the scars across its surface were probably made during its life as a tournament saddle.

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