Scythian Bronze “Kuban” Type Helmet

Culture: Scythian
Period: 7th-6th century B.C.
Material: Bronze
Dimensions: 22 cm x 14 cm x 17.2 cm
Price: Sold
Ref: 5093
Provenance: Viennese private collection Wolf Seitz acquired on 29 April 1980 from Michael Fastenbauer, Vienna. Accompanied by the original invoice of 29 April 1980.
Condition: Except for three micro holes caused by corrosion intact and unrestored.
Description: A helmet, worked out from one massive bronze piece, of the so-called Kuban type according to B. Z. Rabinovich, named after the north Caucasian region, where the majority of this type of helmets was found. The skullcap is rounded and sits tightly on the head, which offers special protection for the back part of the head. The eye area is cut out and accentuated by a broad sidebar. Originating from the nose part also a raised bar, finishing on the calotte in a loop. Additional ornaments for the helmet were mounted here. Circumferential nine large perforations, their meaning is still being discussed amongst the scholars. They could have been used for fixing more protective elements for the neck and the shoulders, but likewise used for decoration to impart more spectacularity to the Scythian rider and bowman. Mounted.