Man in a Near Eastern helmet

Cypriote
Archaic Period or later
5th century B.C. (?)


Catalogue Raisonné

Sculpture in Stone (MFA), no. 430.

Dimensions

Height: 6 cm (2 3/8 in.)

Accession Number

12.173

Medium or Technique

Limestone

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Sculpture

Other than the break at the neck and a nick in the back of the crown, the head is in excellent condition.
Archaic curls enframe the long, strong, Eastern Mediterranean features. The helmet appears to be made of leather or cloth and comprises a “topknot,” side-flaps, ribs leading from the top to the edges, and three vertical ridges from the top to the small visor. The hair behind the ears and below the helmet is caught up into a series of crescent-shaped braids contained in a cloth.

Provenance

Gift of Estate of Edward H. Hall, through Miss Mary L. Ware.

Credit Line

Gift of the Estate of Edward H. Hall