Southwestern Greece, 7th to 6th century BCE. One of the most striking and important developments of ancient warfare was the bronze helmet. This style dates back to the 8th century BCE and it is thought they came from the Peloponnese. Although fragmented, this helmet is significant in several ways. First, the missing elements are probably the result of a massive and deadly blow to the head of its first owner. There is a long vertical opening where it is believed a sword blow came crashing down. The back of the helmet may show the "coup de grace" where any suffering finally ended. The metal of the helmet is quite solid indicating the missing areas are not the result of natural degradation in the ground, but probably occurred prior to interment. Wonderfully displayed this helmet is a testament to the ravages of war along with the ravages of time. Approximately 70% complete and on a custom stand that allows it to be swiveled in any direction. Much of the original rivets remain Approximately 9" H by 9" D.
Ex private NYC collection, ex Major NYC Antiquity Gallery.
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