Helmet of Negau type

Italic
Late Archaic or Classical Period
500–400 B.C.


Catalogue Raisonné

Greek, Etruscan, & Roman Bronzes (MFA), no. 589C; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 126 (additional published references).

Dimensions

Height x width: 22.7 x 25.6 cm (8 15/16 x 10 1/16 in.)

Accession Number

1970.35

Medium or Technique

Bronze

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Armor

The helmet has a domed form with a central ridge and with a concave channel above the flanged rim. There is a row of stamped upright palmettes along the edge of the crown, with a row of short vertical strokes below. On the rim two rows of short vertical strokes are separated by a row of running spirals. Two holes on opposite sides of rim, perhaps for chin-strap. Small crack on one side of rim. Green and brown patina.
The helmet belongs to the Negau type, Vetulonia subtype

Provenance

November 26, 1968, anonymous sale (probably an English consignor), Sotheby's, London, lot 151. December 13, 1969, sale (auction 40), Münzen und Medaillen A.G., Basel, lot 143, to Landon T. Clay, Boston; 1970, gift of Landon T. Clay to MFA. (Accession Date: January 14, 1970)

Credit Line

Gift of Landon T. Clay