Iron, covered with copper–gilt; H. 8 1/2 in. (21.6 cm)
Fletcher Fund, 1928 (28.60.2)
This rare, early Japanese helmet was excavated in Ise Province, Mie Prefecture. The type of constructionhorizontal rings to which rectangular scales are rivetedwas probably imported from China or Korea. Most helmets of this type were made of iron, but some, of gilt copper, were probably for ceremonial display. This example is unusual in combining both materials.