Date: 5th century

Culture: Japanese

Medium: Iron, copper, gold

Dimensions: H. 8 1/2 in. (21.6 cm)

Classification: Helmets

Credit Line: Fletcher Fund, 1928

Accession Number: 28.60.2


This rare, early Japanese helmet was excavated in Ise Province, Mie Prefecture. The type of construction––horizontal rings to which rectangular scales are riveted––was 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.