- Museum number
Copper alloy peaked helmet. Made from beaten copper alloy sheet, the helmet is approaching the Roman coolus helmet in form, with a broad neck guard with La Tène style decoration. The central repoussé palmette is flanked by lobed stems and further ornamented by symmetrical bosses scored for enamelling. The base of the headpiece is encircled with two pairs of parallel incised lines.
The left side of the headpiece is torn and dented, damage on the right side is slighter. The cheekpiece attachments are very fragmentary, and the cheekpieces themselves are missing entirely, but it appears that they were held in place by expanded rivets with scored heads. Rivet holes and a circular patch of dicolouration at the peak of the headpiece suggest the original presence of a plume holder or mount, now also missing.
- Production date
- 50 - 150 (circa)
Height: 165 millimetres
Length: 302 millimetres (including neck-guard)
Weight: 514 grammes
Width: 170 millimetres
- On display (G30)
- Exhibition history
2016 11 Mar- 25 Sep, Edinburgh, National Museum of Scotland, Celts.
2015-2016 24 Sep-31 Jan, London, BM, G30, 'Celts: Art and Identity'
1970 15 Oct-22 Nov, London, Hayward Gallery, Early Celtic Art
1970 22 Aug-12 Sep, Edinburgh, Royal Scottish Museum, Early Celtic Art
2021 May 27-Oct 24, London, BM SEG, Nero
- Acquisition date
- Britain, Europe and Prehistory
- Registration number