Jonas Lau Markussen

Helmet Plate Warrior Columns

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


This type of motif typically features two or more mostly identical warriors in profile.


They are usually depicted in full armour with spears, swords and shields, wearing elaborate helmets with either the head of a bird-of-pray or a full boar on top. They are sometimes accompanied by animals such as birds or serpents.


Multiple double warrior motifs are usually applied in a row on the helmets, giving the impression of a column of warriors.


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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