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helmet

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1891,1117.1

  • Description

    Bronze cavalry helmet, tinned.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1stC
  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 340 millimetres
  • Curator's comments

    Cavalry combat helmet

    Roman Britain, 1st century AD
    From Witcham Gravel, Ely, Cambridgeshire

    The helmet would have protected the wearer's head with an inner iron head-piece and neck-guard, which are now largely missing. Though the small bosses would have helped deflect blows from weapons, the outer bronze casing is mostly decorative.

    A silvery coating of tin was applied to the dome, neck-guard and cheek-pieces, giving a striking contrast with the golden-coloured bronze parts.

    The crest box, one cheek-piece and several of the bosses are now missing.

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  • Bibliography

    • Kaminski & Sim 2014 bibliographic details
    • Roman Britain 1964 p. 67, pl. 26.6 bibliographic details
  • Location

    On display: G49/dc8

  • Exhibition history

    Exhibited:
    1993 18 Jun-26 Sep, France, Quimper, Abbaye de Daoloas, Rome face aux Barbes

  • Acquisition name

  • Department

    Britain, Europe and Prehistory

  • Registration number

    1891,1117.1


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