This image is one of over 108,000 from the AMICA Library (formerly The Art Museum Image Consortium Library- The AMICO Library™), a growing online collection of high-quality, digital art images from over 20 museums around the world. offers subscriptions to this collection, the finest art image database available on the internet. EVERY image has full curatorial text and can be studied in depth by zooming into the smallest details from within the Image Workspace.
Preview the AMICA Library™ Public Collection in Luna Browser Now

  • Cultures and time periods represented range from contemporary art, to ancient Greek, Roman, and Egyptian works.
  • Types of works include paintings, drawings, watercolors, sculptures, costumes, jewelry, furniture, prints, photographs, textiles, decorative art, books and manuscripts.

Gain access to this incredible resource through either a monthly or a yearly subscription and search the entire collection from your desktop, compare multiple images side by side and zoom into the minute details of the images. Visit for more information on the collection, click on the link below the revolving thumbnail to the right, or email us at .

Creator Nationality: Asian; Far East Asian; Japanese
Creator Name-CRT: Japanese
Title: Helmet
Title Type: Object name
View: Full View
Creation Start Date: 400
Creation End Date: 499
Creation Date: 5th century
Object Type: Decorative Arts and Utilitarian Objects
Classification Term: Armors
Materials and Techniques: Iron, covered with copper-gilt
Dimensions: H. 8 1/2 in. (21.6 cm)
AMICA Contributor: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Owner Location: New York, New York, USA
ID Number: 28.60.2
Credit Line: Fletcher Fund, 1928
Style or Period: Kofun period

This rare, early Japanese helmet was excavated in Ise Province, Mie Prefecture. The type of construction-horizontal rings to which rectangular scales are riveted-was probably imported from China or Korea. Most helmets of this type were made of iron, but some, of gilt copper, were probably for ceremonial display. This example is unusual in combining both materials.

AMICA ID: MMA_.28.60.2
AMICA Library Year: 2000
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright The Metropolitan Museum of Art

AMICA PUBLIC RIGHTS: a) Access to the materials is granted for personal and non-commercial use. b) A full educational license for non-commercial use is available from Cartography Associates at c) Licensed users may continue their examination of additional materials provided by Cartography Associates, and d) commercial rights are available from the rights holder.

Home | Subscribe | Preview | Benefits | About | Help | Contact
Copyright © 2007 Cartography Associates.
All rights reserved.