Lot 3671

A Chalcidian helmet, type V, early 4th century B.C.

Works of Art, Antiquities | A83kua | Live auction | 712 Lots


Bronze helmet with full-faced tin plating with minimal corrosion pits, otherwise in outstanding condition. The skull forged in one piece and divided into two lobes by a blunt medial ridge. The lower part of the helmet clearly offset from the upper skull by a distinct section that draws slightly inwards. The lower section embellished with slightly contoured ribs in repoussé at the eye and ear cut-outs. A lancet-shaped, approx. 6 cm long nose guard between the eye brows. A horizontal neck guard, approx. 3 cm wide, attached to the back of the skull. The cheek pieces are attached to the lower edge of the skull, between the openings for the ear and eye, by means of a five-pronged hinge. The hinge pins presumably original. The back of the skull with a tear, approx. 13 cm, on the left side, which has been restored and affixed. Another tear, approx. 6 cm, has been restored and fixed above the right eye. Five small holes, barely visible from the outside, in the upper section of the skull. Apart from the above repairs, an excellently preserved, aesthetically pleasing antique helmet with no defects or replacements.
Like the helmet in Auction 80, lot no 1635, this helmet type was probably a regional variation of the later Chalcidian helmets from the northern Black Sea area. Dimensions approx. 20.5 x 19.8 x 28 cm. Weight 0.98 kg.

Provenance: From the Lithuanian art market. Previously (in the 1980s) property of a collector from Vienna.

Condition: II - Questions about the lot?

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