Close helmet with mask visor, ca. 1515 Attributed to Kolman Helmschmid (German, 1471–1532) Augsburg, Germany, steel, embossed, etched, and gilt. Helmets fitted with mask like visors were a popular German and Austrian fashion about 1510 to 1540. With their visors forged and embossed as humorous or grotesque human masks such helmets were often worn in tournaments held during the exuberant pre-Lenten (Shrovetide) festivals, celebrations somewhat akin to the modern Mardi Gras, Rogers Fund.
Helmet - bronze. Period/Culture: Roman. Date 1stC. Description Bronze gladiator's helmet. It has a grille of linked circles to protect the face, and a broad brim to protect the back and sides of the head. At the front of the helmet is a medallion of Hercules.