Pictish Helmet

Approx. Period: 400 AD
Length: 0.30m Width: 0.30m

Knowledge of the personal armour of the Picts comes from fragments found locally. A helmet or bascinet was widely used during this period and the designs were similar across Europe and the Roman Empire. Much of the armour was looted from the Romans and the Britons or copied from contemporary designs.

The helmet is constructed of polished iron. The crown is strengthened by four additional bars and is assembled with bronze rivets. The views of the helmet show a reinforced nose guard, the flaps protecting the ear and cheek, a neck guard to the rear and a strengthening rim above the brow.