Roman military cheek piece of a helmet fragment


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ITEMMilitary cheek piece of a helmet fragment
PERIOD2nd – 3rd Century A.D
DIMENSIONS190 mm x 140 mm x 18 mm
CONDITIONGood condition
PROVENANCEEx Belgian private collection, acquired between 1960s – 1980s

Roman military cheek pieces were integral components of Roman helmets, designed to provide protection to the wearer’s face while also contributing to the overall functionality and aesthetics of the helmet. Typically made of metal, these cheek pieces were attached to the sides of the helmet, covering the cheeks and sometimes extending down to protect the neck. The primary purpose of these cheek pieces was to offer added defense to the vulnerable areas of the face during combat, effectively enhancing the protective capabilities of the helmet.

Archaeological findings often include helmet fragments with preserved cheek pieces, providing valuable insights into the design and craftsmanship of Roman military gear. The cheek pieces were usually secured to the helmet with rivets, allowing for some movement to accommodate the wearer’s comfort and range of motion. The decoration and shape of these pieces varied across different Roman periods and regions, reflecting the evolving styles and preferences of the Roman military. Some cheek pieces were plain and utilitarian, while others featured intricate designs, inscriptions, or symbols that may have held symbolic or unit-specific significance.