Chinese Khitan War Helmet

  • Medieval Asia
  • 1 min

By Crusader1307

Based on the 11th Century Liao Dynasty Officer's Helmet, this design was made for infantry and cavalry troops. Similar in construction, The War Helmet version featured 2-side wings attached off the face of the helmet. This was supposed to give a more “fierce” appearance. In addition, a heavy leather skirt was riveted to the side of the Khitan War Helmet as a form of additional protection to the side of the head (cheek and ears), and somewhat – the rear neck. Cavalry versions featured a raised Pommel on the top crown of the helmet for the attachment of feathers or silks (used to identify Units and Factions). They were occasionally known to be decorated or painted in some way.