Etruscan Helmet [Object of the Day #72]

September 27, 2012

Etruscan Helmet
Etruscan Helmet

This Etruscan Commander’s Helmet was found in Narce, Italy, Tomb 43, as one of two found buried with the same warrior. The helmet is made from two sheets of hammered bronze, held together with large protruding rivets. It is decorated with lines and dots of various sizes that line the borders. As an incredible feature, the top of the helmet is formed into a massive crest . The substantial size and bold geometric decorations made it stand out amongst others. While wearing this helmet on the battle field, this Warrior could easily be identified by his followers from a distance.

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Penn Museum Object #MS850

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