Corinthian helmet

Unknownc. 540 BCE

Minneapolis Institute of Art

Minneapolis Institute of Art

This magnificent bronze helmet is an exceptional example of Corinthian personal armor. It is skillfully beaten from a single sheet of bronze. Developed in the early 600's BCE, the "Corinthian style" helmet had no ear holes, but had a cap-shaped crown, solid nose guard, and flared cheek pieces. For display and further protection, a horsehair crest would have been attached to the top of the crown ridge. Small holes pierced along this ridge would have been used to secure the missing crest. Away from combat, the helmet could be pushed up to rest above the face. A typical set of Greek armor from this period also included a bronze breastplate and metal shin guards called greaves. The pure abstract form, simple curvilinear eyebrows, and restrained floral décor make this an especially beautiful, utilitarian object.

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  • Title: Corinthian helmet
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date Created: c. 540 BCE
  • origin: Greece
  • Physical Dimensions: w7.875 x h11.81 x d10.5 in
  • Measurements: 11-13/16 x 7-7/8 x 10-1/2 in. (30.0 x 20.0 x 26.7 cm)
  • Type: Arms and Armor
  • Rights: Gift of Ruth and Bruce Dayton, http://www.artsmia.org/index.php?section_id=7
  • External Link: Minneapolis Institute of Arts (Minneapolis, MN, USA)
  • Medium: Bronze


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