Head of a Man Wearing a Cap or Helmet

Date: possibly 2nd–3rd century

Geography: Made in probably British Isles

Culture: Celtic

Medium: Fossiliferous limestone

Dimensions: H. 9 in. (24.1 cm)

Classification: Sculpture-Stone

Credit Line: Gift of Torkom Demirjian, in honor of Mary and Michael Jaharis, 2000

Accession Number: 2000.525.1


The facial features are like those on numerous Celtic heads found in Yorkshire. Many, however, are actually products of later periods, continuing the simplicity of forms characteristic of Celtic sculpture. Stone heads like this one may have functioned as surrogates for actual human heads, thus retaining a certain aura of power. The military appearance of the headgear may indicate the man's status and significance.