* A Corinthian Bronze Helmet, Magna Graecia, ca. late 6th Century BCE


A rare form of Corinthian type, this helmet was made from hammered sheet bronze, with a carinated ridge around the domed crown, curvilinear eyeholes tapering to a point, thin elongated noseguard, large angular cheekpieces, swooping neck guard, repoussé horns over the brow, and perforated holes along the edges.

The most iconic type of Greek helmet, the Corinthian type is characterized by almond-shaped eyeholes, large cheekpieces, and prominent noseguards. The fully covered face must have looked quite menacing and struck fear in enemies on the battlefield, especially when their own helmets left their faces open. It was the helmet most often depicted by Greek artists, and subsequently became a symbol of hoplites throughout ancient Greece.

Dimensions: Height: 7 inches (17.78 cm), Width: 7 1/2 inches (19 cm), Length: 10 1/2 inches (26.67 cm)

Condition: Nose guard was reinforced or supplemented in ancient times. Complete, with small areas of fill and cosmetic overpainting to address expected small holes and cracks.  Overall in very good condition.

Provenance: Ex private German collection, acquired from the German trade in Krefeld, Germany in 1987. A copy of the original purchase invoice is included.

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