A Time of Gifts 2019

This lifesize helmet is decorated with spiral motifs above each 'ear' and acanthus leaves adorn the nape of the neck. The crest is fronted with a griffin head.

The mythical hybrid griffin was a symbol of wealth and prosperity and a guardian of prized possessions. It had powerful wings, the body of a lion and the beak of an eagle.

Griffins were sacred to Apollo, whose treasure they guarded. They are also associated with Dionysos as the guardians of his ever-flowing supply of wine. Bronze cauldrons set on tripods or conical stands were among the most spectacular votive gifts dedicated in Greek sanctuaries from the eighth to the sixth centuries B.C. Cast bronze griffins' heads often decorated the rims of the bowls.

The prototype for this 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 model used by our bronze supplier in Greece is in the Goulandris Collection in the Museum of Cycladic Art, in Athens.

The crests would originally have not been made in bronze, but probably horse-hair. The crests on our helmets, inspired by other media, often portray geometric patterns, magnificent animals or awe-inspiring mythical beasts.

This helmet is cast for us, in Greece, using the traditional 'lost wax' method. The helmet itself is cast in two parts, then the crest separately cast and 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. Also, please allow for variations of a millimetre or two from the specified height.

The helmet is mounted on a marble base. More about the griffin in INSIGHTS on our WordPress site.

replica ancient Greek bronze helmet with griffin crest hand made in Greece available from It's All Greek, London and online

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dimensions Height including base: 52cm (but please allow for a centimeter of variation either way)

large bronze helmet with griffin crest

  • Code: BH-06
  • Status: In Stock
  • £575.00

  • excl tax: £479.17