Hellenistic Pilos-Helmet

Culture: Greek
Period: 4th-3rd century B.C.
Material: Bronze
Dimensions: 24.3 cm high
Price: 18 000 Euro
Ref: 2464
Provenance: Collection Axel Guttmann (1944-2001), acquired 1994 in Krefeld, Germany. Auctioned with Hermann Historica on 23 April 2009, lot 329. Last in the Gilles Grimm collection, France. Accompanied by a French antiquities passport.
Condition: Inside enforced with glass fabric, helmet slightly deformed. Minor additions on the rim, small holes in the calotte are closed. Overall, a large helmet in a beautiful condition.
Description: Hellenistic Pilos helmet which was typical for the Alexander wars. The helmet with a high calotte and a narrow rim, set off by a bend. On top of the helmet a metal sheet for support, attached with four rivets, where three holes were pierced for mounting the plume. Left and right thereof riveted horns of bent bronze sheets. On the front and on the back of the helmet are two ring eyelets, possibly also to fix the crest. On each side, above the helmet rim a hole for fastening the chinstrap. Wonderful red-brown patina. Inside an old collection label “AG 537”, referring to the famous collection of Axel Guttmann. Mounted.