Helmet of Phrygian type

Near Eastern, Anatolian, Phrygian
Classical Period
about 450 B.C.

Catalogue Raisonné

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


Height: 27 cm (10 5/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Out on Loan

Out On Loan


The Ancient World



The peak curves forward in the approved manner, and there is a neckpiece at the back of the curving edge. The greenish surface and the marine encrustations within indicate a find from the sea or the land nearby. Part of the upper end has been restored in plaster, where the crest broke away (?).


Probably from a find in or near the sea (based on the marine incrustations within the helmet). 1966, unknown dealer, New York; June 13, 1966, anonymous sale (consigned by a New York dealer), Sotheby's, London, lot 35, unsold. June 12, 1967, anonymous sale, Sotheby's, London, lot 157, unsold. 1969, Robert E. Hecht, New York; 1969, sold by Robert E. Hecht to the MFA. (Accession Date: September 23, 1969)

Credit Line

Museum purchase with funds donated by Landon T. Clay