Greek Apulo-Corinthian Bronze Helmet - 6th Century BC

An ancient Greek Apulo-Corinthian helmet, dating to the 6th Century BC. 

This helmet represents one of the earliest examples of the so called Apulo-Corinthian helmet type. In the 6th century BC the Greeks in South Italy began to adapt the Corinthian helmet from a type that covered the face completely to one that was worn on the top of the head like a cap. From the 6th - 4th century the eye holes, now purely decorative, became smaller and smaller until they vanished completely. This helmet still bears a close resemblance to the original Corinthian form and can thus be considered as an early transitional type, dating to the 6th Century BC.

Hammered from a single sheet of bronze, with shallow dome, closely set cheek-pieces, delicate rear flange, prominent thick (and re-enforced) nose-piece and a decorative ridge on the brow extending to either side. Two crest holders (one surviving) at the top. Two holes at the base of each cheek piece are for the attachment of a chin-strap.

Bibliography:

Cf. Merrony, Catalogue du Musée d’art classique à Mougins, 2011, p 212-218, no.91 &; 93. Cf. Pflug, Antike Helme, Mainz, 1988, p.100 fig. 47. 

Greek Apulo-Corinthian Bronze Helmet - 6th Century BC. An ancient Greek Apulo-Corinthian helmet, dating to the 6th Century BC.  This helmet represents one of the earliest examples of the so called Apulo-Corinthian helmet type. In the 6th century BC the Greeks in South Italy began to adapt the Corinthian helmet from a type that covered the face completely to one that was worn on the top of the head like a cap. From the 6th - 4th century the eye holes, now purely decorative, became smaller and smaller until they vanished completely. This helmet still bears a close resemblance to the original Corinthian form and can thus be considered as an early transitional type, dating to the 6th Century BC. Hammered from a single sheet of bronze, with shallow dome, closely set cheek-pieces, delicate rear flange, prominent thick (and re-enforced) nose-piece and a decorative ridge on the brow extending to either side. Two crest holders (one surviving) at the top. Two holes at the base of each cheek piece are for the attachment of a chin-strap. Bibliography: Cf. Merrony, Catalogue du Musée d’art classique à Mougins, 2011, p 212-218, no.91 &; 93. Cf. Pflug, Antike Helme, Mainz, 1988, p.100 fig. 47. 

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