Helmet of Negau type

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).


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

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World



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


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