Tibetan War Helmet: Estimated Circa 1600-1700! (one only)
Original Item: One Only. This comes from a small collection of these exceptionally rare primitive War Helmets from TIBET in the Himalayas. Acquired by IMA in 2003 from the Nepalese Royal Armory. The early style construction, almost that of the Vikings, is of steel panels riveted together by decorative outer panels, the total surmounted on the top by what appears to be a plume holder. These certainly smack of Genghis Khan, although he was supposed to have come from a little further North in Mongolia. Clearly exceptionally old and apparently an extremely rare all original item.
We submitted this helmet, with a few others, to the Curator of Arms and Armor at The Metropolitan Museum of Art here is his emailed response:
?typical Tibetan 8-plate construction. The pairs of holes on the plates indicate that they were originally made to be laced together, which is the typical traditional method of assembly. On later and reused helmets you do sometimes see the plates riveted together, as on your examples. In any event, the shape of the plates and the form of the plume finial on the top of each helmet are characteristic for Tibetan helmets. Date is hard to judge. Could be anywhere from 17th to18th century.?
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