Bronze with silver inlay
Overall: 21.5 cm (8 7/16 in.)
Gift of J. H. Wade 1926.54
This helmet is very heavy—2.56 kilograms (5 lbs., 10 oz.), compared to average ancient helmets of 1.2–1.6 kilograms (about 3 lbs.).
Probably cast and then hammered into shape, this bronze helmet belongs to a type known as Corinthian, with almond-shaped eye holes, large cheek-pieces, and a wide nose-guard. Its significant weight raised early suspicions about authenticity, but a 1928 technical examination found no conclusive evidence of forgery. Still, several unusual details may be modern embellishments. These include the intact rivets, or metal fasteners, meant to secure liners; usually only their holes survive. The dueling warriors and inlaid palmette above the brow also find few parallels, and the silver meander pattern is unique.
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