Sutton Hoo helmet

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Sutton Hoo helmet
Weapon type: Protective weapon
Designations: Sutton Hoo helmet
Use: helmet
Region of origin /
England , armory
Distribution: England
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The helmet from Sutton Hoo is of bronze and iron -made mask helmet .

The local archaeologist Basil Brown discovered the helmet in 1939 in a burial mound containing an Anglo-Saxon ship burial near Sutton Hoo in east England.


The helmet bell is bowl-shaped, has a neck visor, cheek flaps and a face mask. The entire surface consists of square plates that are connected to one another with metal strips. The plates are decorated with figurative representations and were made by driving . The pictures show warriors on foot, on horseback, during battle, as well as fallen enemies. Several of the warriors depicted wear horned helmets. The cheek flaps are attached to the helmet with hinges . A wide rail, which is partly made of gold , runs across the apex . This splint ends roughly between the eyebrows and overflows into the nose piece. The end of this rail is designed as a dragon head at the front and rear end . The nose is also made of gold, is engraved and has two holes to make it easier for the wearer to breathe under the helmet. Metal eyebrows are attached over the eye openings, the ends of which terminate in boar heads . These probably served as symbols of strength and courage. The design of the nose, eyebrows and splint over the helmet appear as a stylized representation of a bird flying over the helmet. It is believed that the helmet belonged to the Rædwald of East Anglia († 617 or 625), an English warrior prince or early medieval " warlord ". When it was found, the helmet was broken into about 500 individual parts and was restored by the restorers at the British Museum, and an exact copy was made (see web links).


Web links

Commons : Sutton Hoo helmet  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. British Museum website, accessible online, (accessed February 15, 2011) ( Memento of August 23, 2012 in the Internet Archive )