Multi-Plate Helmet of Thirty-Two Lames

Mongolian or Tibetan

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This is the most complete example from a small but distinctive group of helmets characterized by the presence of raised central ridges, applied brass borders, and the use of brass rivets rather than leather laces to join the major components. The finial at the top of the helmet is decorated in gold and silver with a protective mantra reading OM AH HUM. The brim has a series of five motifs known as dry skulls (thod skam), linked by tendrils of flames.

Multi-Plate Helmet of Thirty-Two Lames, Iron, silver, gold, brass or copper alloy, Mongolian or Tibetan

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