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LOT 0454

GBP (£) 30,000 - 40,000
EUR (€) 33,700 - 44,930
USD ($) 37,800 - 50,400

Sold for: £42,500
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Corinthian Helmet of a Greek Warrior

7th century BC

A bronze helmet of Archaic Corinthian typology made from a single sheet of metal, high bowl with large eye openings arching downwards forming the cheek protection, strong nose guard and everted neck protection; regularly disposed rivet holes along the edges for the inner padding. 3 kg total, helmet: 1.12 kg, 39cm including stand (15 1/4"). Fine condition, some restoration.

From the collection of a respected UK gentleman, assembled in the 1960s; accompanied by an academic report by military specialist Dr. Raffaele D'Amato; this lot has been checked against the Interpol Database of stolen works of art and is accompanied by IADAA certificate number no.01042020/1228.
See Snodgrass, A.M., Arms & Armor of the Greeks, London, 1967; Bottini, A., Egg. M., Von Hase F. W., Pflug H., Schaaf U., Schauer P., Waurick G., Antike Helme, Sammlung Lipperheide und andere Bestände des Antikenmuseums Berlin, Mainz 1988; D’Amato R., Salimbeti A., Early Iron Age Greek Warrior, 1100-700 BC, Oxford, 2016; a near identical helmet in the Olympia Museum (Bottini, Egg, Von Hase, Pflug, Schaaf, Schauer, Waurick, 1988, p.77, figs.11-12).
The Corinthian helmet was an invention of the ancient Greeks, derived from the early models of hollow-eyed helmets of the Bronze Age Achaeans, combined with the new helmet models imported from the Near East. The helmet type was a remarkable one, as with a single sheet of metal, it protected almost the entire head from the collar bone upwards (Snodgrass, 1967, p.51).