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Bid History: 1   |   Current bid: £12,000

Greek Tinned Chalcidian Helmet

5th-4th century BC

A tinned 'silvered' helmet of Chalcidian type, the bowl forged in one piece with strong ridge and horizontal neck protection, cut-outs for ears with flared edges, nose guard flanked by raised thick eyebrows; articulated cheekpieces with six-part hinges and contoured edges, hole for the attachment of a chin-strap; mounted on a custom-made stand. 1.58 kg total, 38cm including stand (15"). Very fine condition, some restoration.

Ex North London gallery; previously in a London collection in the 2000s; acquired on the London art market, 1990s; accompanied by an archaeological report of military specialist Dr Raffaele D'Amato; this lot has been checked against the Interpol Database of stolen works of art and is accompanied by AIAD certificate number no.10693-175205.

See Ohly, D., Die Ägineten, Die Ostgiebelgruppe, Munich, 1976; Pflug, H., 'Chalkidische Helme' in: Antike Helme, RGZM Monographien 14, Mainz, 1988, pp.137-150; Chernenko, E.V., The Scythians 700-300 BC, Hong Kong, 1998; Jonovski, I., Trakits (The Thracians), 7th century BC-1st century AD, Sofia, 2010 (in Bulgarian).

The Chalcidian type ancient Greek helmet was essentially a lighter and less restrictive form of the Corinthian helmet. Among the typologies distinguished by Dr Pflug, the fifth type corresponding to the Kunze group VII (Pflug, 1988, p.138), was characterised by the presence of detached cheek-guards. These later models of Chalcidian helmets had hinged cheekpieces that were anatomically formed to fit closely to the face. The cheekpieces tended to curve upward towards the eye, where large circular openings provided a wider field of view than the Corinthian helmets. Such Chalcidian helmets are predominantly found in Scythian grave contexts. These helmets were commonly used in Thrace during the 5th century BC.