Corinthian Bronze Helmet

Culture: Greek
Period: 6th century B.C.
Material: Bronze
Dimensions: 20.5 cm high
Price: Sold
Ref: 2307
Provenance: Old German private collection, acquired around 1980. Auctioned at Gorny and Mosch, Munich on 19 June 2009. Thence in the estate of the French collector Gilles Grimm. Accompanied by a French antiquities passport.
Condition: The tips of the cheek-guards added, otherwise intact and of excellent quality.
Description: Rare and almost completely preserved Corinthian helmet. The archaic head protection hammered from a single heavy bronze sheet, with long, tapered cheek-pieces. The nose-guard drop-shaped pointing to the cut out of the face. The eyes round and tapered towards the back. The dome-shaped calotte with a widely protruding round back of the head continuing into a slightly flaring neck-guard. Encircling rivets and perforations for attaching the neck-protection. The rivets preserved in the face cut out served for attaching silver or gold sheets to create a shinier helmet and an even more archaic warrior appearance. Due to the few damages possibly a votive offering after a battle.