This 'lifesize' helmet is simply decorated with a Greek key, 'meandros' or 'meander' motif to the crest, which appears throughout ancient Greek art, from the geometric period onwards. A symbol of infinity and unity, also thought to represent the maze, and the eternal quest for truth.
The brow has a scrolled decoration leading to a circular spiral motif above the 'ear', a delicate acanthus leaf design adorns the nape of the neck.
The prototype for these helmets is the plain, uncrested Corinthian style of the 6th century BC. Originals of these can be seen in museums across the world, but the prototype used by our bronze supplier in Greece is in the Goulandris Collection in the Museum of Cycladic Art.
The crests would not originally have been made in bronze, but probably horse-hair. The crests on our helmets, inspired by other media, often portray geometric designs, magnificent animals or awe-inspiring mythical beasts.
The original helmets are much 'thinner' and lighter than our reproductions and our largest 'life-size' models, like this one are smaller than today's life-size.
This helmet, as with all our other bronze items, has been cast for us, in Greece, using the traditional 'lost wax' method. It has been cast in two parts, then the crest inserted. You can still see the wax marks on the inside. As they are not mass-produced, there will inevitably be slight variations in patination and colouring. Each piece is, therefore, unique.
|dimensions||Height from tabletop to top of crest at tallest point: 32cm Width across the front: 18cm|
large bronze freestanding crested helmet
- Code: BH-02
- Status: In Stock
- excl tax: £395.83