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Helmet

Helmet

  • Place of origin:

    Tibet (made)

  • Date:

    early 17th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Plate-metal armour; scale armour in steel or iron stitched with leather; padded cloth ear pieces

  • Museum number:

    IM.75-1910

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This type of segmented Tibetan helmet, used originally with a coat of lamellar armour, was probably derived from the form of Sasanian Persian helmets of the 3rd century CE. During the later 14th to the 17th century Tibet was a disunited country where a number of regional secular rulers allied to religious orders vied for power and in which warfare was not uncommon. A sizeable armour production in Tibet was the result of this situation.

Physical description

Helmet of plate-armour, composed of eightcurved segments, overlapping, surmounted by the typical Tibetan spindle-shaped pike (to which the sacred colours of Lamaism - pieces of red, blue and yellow cloth - are attached). Attached are the short coif, or neck-piece, consisting of three rows of scale armour and ear-pieces of paddled cloth formely covered with leopard skin.

Place of Origin

Tibet (made)

Date

early 17th century (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Plate-metal armour; scale armour in steel or iron stitched with leather; padded cloth ear pieces

Descriptive line

lamellar, Armour, leather steel, Tibet, anterior 17th century

Materials

Plate-metal; Iron; Steel; Leather

Techniques

Forging

Categories

Arms & Armour

Collection

South & South East Asia Collection

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