Jonas Lau Markussen

Helmet Plate Duel

The illustration displays some typical characteristics of the motifs on the helmet plates.


The motif features two opposing men in a duel mirroring each other. Two crossed spears seem to be central to the composition. One spear pierces the clothes of one of the men, and the other spear pierces the shield of the other man. Both men are holding short swords or knives, ready to attack.


The two men might be engaging in a formal duel like Hólmganga, a legally recognized way to settle disputes.


The helmet plate designs are contemporary with Style II B (c. 550–650) and display many of the same style characteristics.


Learn more about the helmet plate motifs

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