Corinthian Helmet

Date: ca. 600 B.C.
Medium: hammered, bronze
Dimensions: height: 26 cm
Type: implements and utensils
Inventory number: 8444
Collection: Classical Antiquities

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

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