In another article published this week we reference Viking horned helmets. Specifically, that they didn’t exist in history: as any Viking will tell you, throwing yourself into battle with unnecessary ornamentation on your head is going to get you killed.
This is not to say that horned helmets did not exist elsewhere. Quite the contrary, it would seem that Bronze Age Europe very much had a thing for that sort of bling. From the arid lands of the Near East to the other arid lands of Spain, horns appear everywhere.
Here are seven examples.
1. Vekso Helmets
2. Iberian Warrior Stelae
3. The Nuragic Bronzes
4. The Sea Peoples at Medinet Habu
5. The Victory Stele of Naram-Sin
6. The Horned God of Enkomi
7. Minoan Bull Iconography
Top Image: Horned helmets may not have been favored by Vikings, but it seems they were worn by nearly everyone else. Source: Art Gallery / Adobe Stock.
By Joseph Green