A GREEK BRONZE CHALCIDIAN HELMET
circa 4th century b.c.
Of hammered sheet, with a rounded bowl off-set from the neck- and cheek-guards and the brim by a ridge, the neck-guard flaring along the back edge, the forward elements adorned with relief ornament illustrating the Herakles cycle, including, on the brim, the infant Herakles struggling with the serpents of Hera, on the left cheek-guard, the hero wearing the Nemean lion skin, battling the Lernean Hydra, and, on the right cheek-guard, the youthful figure in combat with his club raised up behind his head, the high relief enhanced with incised details, the forward portion of the bowl preserving the foundation from the loops for attachment of a crest; the helmet now crowned with a fragmentary wreath of bronze and gilt terracotta elements
10¼ in. (26 cm) high