• Antiquities  auction at Christies

    Sale 2232

    Antiquities

    11 December 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 175

    A ROMAN IRON AND TINNED BRONZE CAVALRY HELMET

    CIRCA SECOND HALF OF 2ND CENTURY-EARLY 3RD CENTURY A.D.

    Price Realised  

    A ROMAN IRON AND TINNED BRONZE CAVALRY HELMET
    CIRCA SECOND HALF OF 2ND CENTURY-EARLY 3RD CENTURY A.D.
    Formed of iron with tinned bronze overlay decoration including a stylized band of laurel around and over the crown, eagle wings on either side, a large eagle with outspread wings standing on a groundline in relief at the back above the neck-guard, flanked by architectural elements consisting of lozenge filled rectangles surmounted by triangles, the neck-guard flaring out horizontally, ear-guards riveted at either side, the ornate cusped cheekpieces with naturalistically-modelled ears, each with a central boss surrounded by scallop shells, bordered by beading and stippled
    11 in. (27.9 cm.) high


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    Provenance

    Munich Art Market, 1994.
    Axel Guttmann Collection of Ancient Arms and Armour, Part 2; Christie's, London, 28 April 2004, lot 146.
    with Royal-Athena Galleries, New York, 2004 (Ancient Arms, Armor, and Images of Warfare, no. 35).


    Pre-Lot Text

    PROPERTY FROM THE COLLECTION OF MR. & MRS. CHARLES W. NEWHALL, III


    Literature

    M. Junkelmann, Römische Helme: Sammlung Axel Guttmann, VIII, Mainz, 2000, pp. 88-90, 159-160, pls. 83-86, XIX and XX, foldouts I and II (AG 461).