Mayan Architectural Details, Copán, Honduras
Photos: Michael Swigart: http://www.flickr.com/photos/swigart/sets/
A bearded pioneer of the French Foreign Legion.
(French Military Archives)
Deluge drawings by Leonardo da Vinci.
Best antagonist in a movie award to Bill the Butcher.
Helmet from a Vendel (pre-viking) boat grave, Uppland, 7th century Guldrummet.
The helmets which are part of the epoch’s most splendid equipment have long been called Vendel helmets as a type. It seems certain that they must be Nordic work but it would be interesting to know where and when the type, originating perhaps in Roman gladiatorial helmets, appeared in the north.
It is possible to see on the Vendel helmets details which are found on the late Roman crested helmets: for example, the termination of the crest with an eagle’s head, or with both eagles’ and boars’ heads and which may also be combined with pictures of dragons. The helmets with a markedly low crest, adorned with embossed silver foil and set with rivets with decorated domed heads, make other comparisons possible.