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Eight Plate Helmet
Time Period: 8th-18th century
Location: Tibet
Common Construction: Iron plates and lames with leather lacing.

The Tibetan Eight Plate Helmet is named because it is composed of eight iron plates riveted together much like a western Spangenhelm. The earliest archaeological piece dates back to the 8th century but they may have been used even earlier.

Some helmets had a lamellar neckguard constructed of small iron strips called "lames" that were laced together with leather. Lamellar armor was very popular in Tibet, which is one of the most common places to find existing historical examples.

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