Phrygian Caps or Helmets
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A Phrygian cap is a soft felt conical cap with a pronounced front curving point. A Phrygian helmet is of similar form but constructed from iron or leather.
- These are depicted in numerous manuscripts
- None from the Viking Age
The much discussed subject of Anglo-Saxons wearing either Phrygian style caps or helmets has divided authors for over a century. Primarily the debate comes down to whether you believe that the Anglo-Saxon artist was just blindly copying late Roman models or whether he was depicting actual contempory head wear.