Helmet of Corinthian type

Late Archaic Period
510–480 B.C.

Catalogue Raisonné

Greek, Etruscan, & Roman Bronzes (MFA), no. 586; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 126 (additional published references).


Overall: 21 x 28 x 25 cm (8 1/4 x 11 x 9 13/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique


On View

Gallery 212A-B


The Ancient World



The helmet is a version of the Corinthian type (it covers the head and neck fully, has flexible cheek guards, and has two eye openings on either side of a long nose guard). The raised brow arches are a popular feature of Corinthian helmets found in Italy. The nose guard has an outward angle and is much thicker than other areas of the helmet. The cheek guards protrude downwards to protect the throat as well. Several holes in the top suggest that a crest of horse hair supported by a bronze prop was originally fixed to the helmet. There are two similar holes off center at the right rear.

This helmet contains evidence of an ancient repair over the proper left eye opening, where a crack in the metal was patched with a sheet of bronze attached to the interior with several rivets. There are cracks at the corners of the eye openings. It has been cleaned electrolytically.


By date unknown: said to have been found near Bologna with objects 61.376, 61.377, 61.378, and 61.379; by 1960: with Münzen und Medaillen A.G., Malzgasse 25, Basel, Switzerland; May 10, 1961: purchased by MFA from Münzen und Medaillen A.G. for $ 1400 - (this is the total price of 61.375-61.379).

Credit Line

Classical Department Purchase Fund in memory of Miss Grace Nelson