In Saint-Germain-en-Laye, the secrets of the visor of the Roman horseman of Conflans-en-Jarnisy

EXPOSITION – After careful restoration, the National Archeology Museum exhibits the magnificent fragment of a parade helmet of the Iis century acquired in 2019.

The ancient face of fire once flared in the sun of northern Gaul. The brilliance was that of a Roman helmet with idealized features, the gleaming copper of the visor of which, at least when the weather was right, gave off a fiery brilliance. The headdress was not used for combat, the delicacy of the alloy did not lend itself well to the harsh warlike jousts. The beautiful object, on the other hand, was the pride of a Gallo-Roman knight of the 1st centuryis century of our era who exhibited it during horse parades and other official ceremonies. Nearly two millennia later, the solemn setting of the National Archeology Museum (MAN) in Saint-Germain-en-Laye in turn exhibits this fragment of a metal chief.

Presented until May 9 in the exhibition Face to face, the ceremonial object finally finds contact with the crowd, after years spent in a private collection. And a few long months of attentive care provided by a fine team of heritage curators. Presented in an interior…

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