Helmet


Helmet from Sutton Hoo

Original helmet

Replica: front view

Replica: front view

Replica: side view

Replica: side view

1968: Excavation of the ship

1968: Excavation of the ship


From Mound 1, Sutton Hoo, Suffolk
Anglo-Saxon


Height: 31.8 cm
Width: 21.5 cm

 

 

Gift of Mrs E.M. Pretty

M&ME 1939,10-10,93


This magnificent helmet, with pictures of men fighting on it, was placed next to the head to show that the owner was a fierce warrior.

When it was dug up it had broken into over 500 pieces. Conservators had to carefully put it back together - like doing a huge 3D jigsaw puzzle. It took them almost a year.

The amazing face-mask even has a moustache and holes under the nose for the wearer to breathe. The helmet also hides some animals - look for boars' heads on the eyebrows, a dragon head above the nose, and a great bird making up the eyebrows and nose.

On display: Room 2: Collecting the world