The Emesa helmet is an iron Roman cavalry helmet from the early first
century AD. Its face mask, covered in a thin sheet of silver, presents
the individualised portrait of a face, likely that of its owner.
Decorations, some gilded, adorn the head piece. Ornately designed yet
highly functional, the helmet was probably intended for both parades and
battle. Its delicate covering is too fragile to have been put to use
during cavalry tournaments, but the thick iron core would have defended
against blows and arrows. It bears acanthus scroll ornamentation,
indicating that the helmet may have come from the luxury workshops of
Antioch. Confiscated by Syrian police in 1936 soon after looters
discovered it amidst a complex of tombs in the modern-day city of Homs,
the helmet was eventually restored at the British Museum. It has been
exhibited internationally, and is now in the collection of the National
Museum of Damascus.
Read more: <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emesa_helmet>
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