A rare Corinthian Bronze Helmet<br><em>ca. 6th Century BCE</em>
A rare Corinthian Bronze Helmet<br><em>ca. 6th Century BCE</em>
A rare Corinthian Bronze Helmet<br><em>ca. 6th Century BCE</em>
A rare Corinthian Bronze Helmet<br><em>ca. 6th Century BCE</em>
A rare Corinthian Bronze Helmet<br><em>ca. 6th Century BCE</em>

A rare Corinthian Bronze Helmet
ca. 6th Century BCE


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Representing a rare early style of the characteristic Corinthian form, this is an example of personal armor worn by the Italic Greeks around the 5th century BC.

The helmet is skillfully constructed in two parts from hammered sheet bronze, the domed form features a broad top flange, joined to an elongated, stepped side section, that is riveted together along the edge. The front represents a stylized face that is bordered along the perimeter with small protruding rivets. The wide, almond-shaped openings for the eyes, are divided in the center by the nose protector and a long slit that separates the cheek guards, partially revealing the mouth. To the back of the helmet, the nape is flared both to allow the soldier to move freely and to protect him from the blows of the enemy.  At the top of the crown are traces of the original rivets used to attach either a horsehair crest, or menacing metal animal horns. Away from combat, the helmet could be pushed up to rest above the face. An essential component of a soldier’s panoply, its popularity endured throughout the Archaic and Classical periods.  The nearly “abstract” form makes for an especially impressive work of art and holds a strong appeal to our modern taste in sculpture.

Since complete helmets of this form were all found in southern Italy, this type is generally considered an Italian special form. However, unknown helmet fragments in Olympia indicate that this helmet type was also known in Greece although, it is possible, these were helmets that were captured by Greeks in southern Italy and consecrated in Olympia.

Reference: Antike Helme: Sammlung Lipperheide und andere Bestände des Antikenmuseums Berlin, Mainz/Rhine, 1988, p. 392 #14; pp. 412-415 (see photo)
Hanson, Victor D. The Western Way of War. New York: Oxford UP, 1990. Print.
Schutz und Zier: Helme aus dem Antikenmuseum Berlin und Waffen anderer Sammlungen, Basel, 1989, p. 21; p. 59, no. 22.
Snodgrass, Anthony M. Arms and Armour of the Greeks. Ithaca, NY: Cornell UP, 1967.

Condition:  The helmet was assembled from two parts in antiquity, with minor restoration occurring in the 1980s, and antique repair and stabilization to the nose guard.

Dimensions: Height: 8 3/8 inches, Width: 7 inches, Length: 11 3/8 inches

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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