13 June 2000
A GREEK BRONZE CORINTHIAN HELMET
circa late 6th century b.c.
Of hammered sheet, rounded in form with a domed crown, a flaring neck guard, long nose guard and finely cut eyes reinforced on the underside, a perforation above each eye, with incised palmettes at the outer corner of each eye and at the perimeter where the neck guard meets the cheek guard, a palmette rising between the eyes at a V formed from the bodies of two snakes, their heads raised and facing each other with open mouths, pointed beards, large eyes and hissing tongues
81/8 in. (20.6 cm) high
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For a Corinthian helmet with similar confronting snakes in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, see fig. 16 in Eisenberg, "The New Greek Galleries at the Metropolitan," in Minerva, vol. 10, no. 4.
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