A pseudo-Chalcidian bronze helmet, northern Black Sea area, 4th century B.C.
Works of Art, Antiquities | A83kua | Live auction | 712 Lots
DescriptionA bronze helmet from the Sarmatian epoch in the northern Black Sea area, after the model of Chalcidian helmets. The skull composed of two halves, riveted together lengthwise. The crown highlighted by three closely parallel, three-dimensional bands. A perforation in the middle of the skull to attach a crest. The lower section of the skull offset with a continuous, chased linear ornament, running horizontally and then slightly upwards at the forehead to form an angle at the base of the crown. The edge doubly reinforced. With semi-circular protrusions for the eyes, between which the base of a nasal bar. The two cheek pieces attached by means of five-pronged hinges, one is loose. The upper part of the hinge is fastened to the inside of the helmet with rivet pins. Perforations for the lacing in the lower section of the simple cheek pieces. Most of the helmet is covered with a layer of greenish corrosion. However, the copper-coloured substance can be seen in various places. Parts of the helmet and the hanger of the right cheek piece have been stabilised by restoration from the interior. These include tension cracks above the left eye and behind the left cheek piece. An impressive specimen. Dimensions 17.5 x 17 x 23.3 cm. Weight 0.7 kg.
Provenance: From the Lithuanian art market.
Condition: II - Questions about the lot?