Historical knowledge

The construction of the Viksø helmets

The two helmets are hammered up from a bronze sheet. Each bronze helmet consists of two halves joined by riveting. A cross-shaped fitting is placed over the crown featuring a raised comb and a hooked beak. A deep groove runs along the middle of the comb, in which feathers or tufts of hair could be mounted. Small cylindrical mountings, likewise for feathers or tufts of hair, are also located on the cross-plate bisecting the comb – one on each side. On either side of the beak is a large bulging eye with an arched eyebrow. Two horns are firmly riveted to each helmet with the help of fixed circular fittings. The helmets are also decorated with small bosses.

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