Frit gem depicting a lion head
|Date||ca. 600 B.C.|
|Object type||implements and utensils|
|Medium, technique||hammered, bronze|
height: 26 cm
|On view||Museum of Fine Arts, Basement Floor, Classical Antiquity, The ancient Mediterranean|
This helmet, complete with nasal and hammered from a single sheet of metal, is a well-known example of the most popular Archaic Greek type, called the Corinthian helmet after the place where it was developed. The fame of this piece derives from the fact that the name of its ancient owner, Myros, can be seen engraved in the corner of the left-hand cheekplate. Indeed, the most mature version of the Corinthian helmet is termed by scholars the “Myros group”. This helmet was found in Olympia, where large numbers of weapons (mainly helmets), commemorating a victory or taken as booty, came to light in the shrine of Zeus.
János György Szilágyi
This record is subject to revision due to ongoing research.