|at Musee d'Angouleme, France|
The Agris Helmet was not discovered in conjunction with human remains. The helmet seems to have been deposited separately and is not part of any burial. The fragments have been found in context with a Dux-type fibula. The helmet has been placed in the same period as the fibula, the La Téne B Period ( Celtic Art Period). The primary form of the palmette ornament confirms a date around the last quarter of the 4th century B.C.
The Agris Helmet belongs to the Montefortino category of Celtic helmets. The earliest examples came from 5th century burials in Central Europe.
Celtic Cultic Practices
The helmet has a large man-made dent on the front of the domed portion. It was purposefully defaced. One could say ritually "killed". The removal of the cheek-pieces was also done on purpose. Most likely another step in the process for dedicating the helmet to the gods.
Another interesting feature is the ram- horned serpent depicted on the cheek-piece of the Agris Helmet.