Masks, Hells, and Books: The Nuremberg Schembartlauf (1449-1539)
Gallery of Läufer
Below is a gallery of images of the Läufer. For more information on an image and to zoom in on it, click on it.
This Läufer is undated, though the fancy garb suggests a later Läufer. His striking costume may have been the reason he served as the frontispiece of one of the Schembart manuscripts.
A Läufer in 1459. His costume is comparatively plain and sewn all over with bells, which even apart from his place in the book would suggest an early date.
A Läufer in 1464. The coats of arms belongs to the family Kress, which was very active in the early years of the Schembartlauf: they provided captains in 1464, 1465, and 1468.
A Läufer in 1474. This one in particular is in the middle of firing off some fireworks.
A Läufer in 1482, wearing a particularly garish costume.
A Läufer in 1489. This one appears to be armed not merely with a lance but with a full-fledged halberd! The coats of arms include the Toppler and Ketzel families.
This 1492 parade-goer is probably not a Läufer — he lacks the distinctive unbearded mask, for one thing — but he may stand as a reminder that the parade included not just Läufer but a whole host of other figures, even if the Läufer got most of the attention.
A Läufer in 1496. The coats of arms belong to the Paumgartner and Ketzel families.
A Läufer in 1498. Despite the complex tracery, this costume seems almost modest compared to some of the others. The coats of arms include the families Toppler and Ketzel.
A Läufer in 1508. In the background behind him is the giant Hölle, which this artist has chosen to color-coordinate with the Läufer's garb. The coats of arms are of the Koler and Haller families.
A Läufer in 1516. The coats of arms are of the Pesler, the Haller, and the Fleischhacker families. The Hallers were the most active of the patrician families in the Schembartlauf, providing a captain in nine different years.
A Läufer in 1522. The coats of arms are of the families Haller and Engel, though neither has been colored in.