Inv. n°: MMoCA812

Electrotype Copy of the Ribchester Helmet, a Roman Sports and Cavalry Helmet

With one-piece skull decorated in relief with a combat scene involving cavalry and infantry, flanged at the neck, shaped to the back of the ears, and with prominent peak, and detachable hinged life-like face-mask pierced at the eyes and nose, shaped to the front of the ears, and with two studs for the leather chin-strap, on its black mould stand with applied brass plate engraved 'RIBCHESTER ROMAN SPORTS AND CAVALRY HELMET 1ST 2ND century A.D. It is understood that this is one of four electrotype copies produced in 1983 using moulds taken from the original helmet, which is preserved in the British Museum.

h. 26 cm

c. 1st–2nd century AD


  • Acquired at Christie’s, Sale 6395: ‘Antique Arms, Armour and Collectors Firearms’, London, 22nd June 2011, lot 61


  • Christie’s, Sale 6395: Antique Arms, Armour and Collectors Firearms, London, 2011-06-22, lot 61
  • K. Schörle (ed.), L’armée de Rome, la puissance et la gloire, Musée départemental Arles antique, France, 2018, p. 72, no. 30
  • "Expo musée d’Arles « L’Armée de Rome, la puissance et la gloire »", Human Hirst, 19th December 2018, [on-line] available at:
  • J. Coulston, Minerva: the International Review of Ancient Art & Archaeology, March/April 2019, vol. 30, no. 2, front cover
  • E. Colombani, "Sous les enseignes", Invictus, au coeur de deux Légions mythiques, Musée de la Légion étrangère, Aubagne, 2020, p. 39


  • Musée d'Art Classique de Mougins (MACM), Mougins, France, from 2012 (outside of loan periods)
  • L’armée de Rome, la puissance et la gloire, Musée de départemental de l’Arles antique, Arles, France, 15th December 2018 — 22nd April 2019
  • Invictus. Au coeur de deux légions mythiques, Musée de la Légion étrangère, Aubagne, France, 10th September 2020 — 3rd October 2021

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