Face mask helmet, 1st-2nd century A.D., from Ribchester. The helmet, , was not meant for combat but was a piece of finely-crafted prestige equipment used by elite cavalrymen in mock battles on the training ground and was the most resplendent piece in a large hoard of Roman military equipment. British museum
The Ribchester helmet, Roman cavalry helmet (late 2nd century CE). Best Roman cavalrymen weared such elaborate helmets for ceremonial occasions like the "hippika gymnasia", cavalry tournaments that were performed in front of emperors and senior commanders.