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.
Ancient Greek bronze armor (helmet of Corinthian type and muscled cuirass)
Greek Bronze Helmet: late 6th century B.C. Cuirass: 5th century B.C. The most characteristic Greek helmet is that of the Corinthian type. It is distinguished by the cutouts for the eyes, the narrow nose piece, and the small opening for the mouth and chin. There is significant evidence to substantiate its origin in Corinth. The muscled cuirass is typical of the body armor worn by Greek warriors. The fine articulation of musculature illustrates how much body armor had in common with sculpture…
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]