This Corinthian helmet and bronze cuirass were sold by Christies auctioneers at South Kensington, London, on 28 April 2004. The complete ensemble sold for UK£19,120 (US$34,167). A closer view of the helmet follows on the next slide in this album. The original auctioneers catalogue description was as follows: A CORINTHIAN TYPE BRONZE HELMET AND GREEK BRONZE CUIRASS 7TH-4TH CENTURY B.C. [Photo credit: Christies]
Greek helmet made in South Italy, 350-300 BC. Bronze. The elaborate decoration on this helmet suggests that it was strictly ceremonial and not intended to be worn into battle. Details added in relief and incision include eyebrows, hair curls over a diadem (headband), and cheek guards adorned with side locks and a striding animal. The crowning griffin’s head, wings, and spiraled feather holders were added last.
The classic Greek Corinthian style helmet is the single most aesthetically pleasing piece of military equipment ever created. Beaten and hammered from a single sheet of bronze by master craftsmen, these helmets today are appreciated as much for being works of art as functional articles of ancient military kit. This superbly preserved late 6th-century BCE helmet was found in Sicily. We even know the name of the warrior who wore this stunning helmet - Denda.