Gladiator's helmet

British Museum

British Museum

This heavy bronze helmet originally had a tinned surface, giving it a shiny silver appearance. The wearer's face would have been encased in an intricate hinged mask with eye-guards, similar to helmets that have been found in Pompeii. The nearest place that gladiators are likely to have fought was Colchester, the leading town of the province in the first century AD, and just 20 miles away from where this was found.

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  • Title: Gladiator's helmet
  • Physical Dimensions: Height: 195.00mm
  • External Link: British Museum collection online
  • Registration number: 1966,0605.1
  • Place: Excavated/Findspot Hawkedon
  • Period/culture: Romano-British
  • Material: copper alloy
  • Copyright: Photo: © Trustees of the British Museum
  • Acquisition: Purchased through Sotheby's. With contribution from Christy Fund
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