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

Multi-Plate Helmet of Thirty-Two Lames

possibly 14th–16th century
Mongolian or Tibetan
Iron, silver, gold, brass or copper alloy
H. 6 3/4 in. (17.1 cm); W. 9 1/4 in. (23.5 cm); D. 10 5/8 in. (27 cm); Wt. 3 lb. 9.7 oz. (1635.8 g)
Credit Line:
Purchase, Arthur Ochs Sulzberger Gift, 2005
Accession Number:
Not on view
This is the most complete example of a small but distinctive group of helmets that are 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.
[Art dealer, London, until 2005; sold to MMA].
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Warriors of the Himalayas: Rediscovering the Arms and Armor of Tibet," April 5–July 4, 2006, no. 12.

La Rocca, Donald J. Warriors of the Himalayas: Rediscovering the Arms and Armor of Tibet. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2006. pp. 8, 16, 68, 73–76, 87, 140, no. 12, ill.

Bobrov, Leonid A., and Alexey V. Salnikov. "Rivetednarrowly-Plate Helmet from the Collection of the Central State Museum of Kazakhstan." Bylye Gody (2017), pp. 342–57, fig. 7.