An open-mouthed griffin head forms part of the crest of this helmet. The hybrid mythological griffin was a symbol of wealth and prosperity and the guardian of prized possessions. Griffins were also sacred to the god Apollo, whose treasure they guarded.
An olive wreath decorates the brow. The olive was the symbol of Athena, goddess of wisdom and intelligence and the patron goddess of Athens, to whom she gave the olive as her gift to the city. It represents achievement and success.
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 model used by our bronze supplier in Greece is in the Goulandris Collection in the Museum of Cycladic Art, in Athens.
The crests would not originally have been made in bronze, but probably horse-hair. The crest on our helmets, inspired by other media, often portray geometric patterns, magnificent animals, or mythical creatures.
|dimensions etc||Height including base: 30cm (please note there may be a variation of a centimeter or two between each helmet)|
|material||Bronze. Cast using the lost wax method of antiquity. It is 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. Mounted on a marble base.|
|country of origin||Made in Greece.|
small/medium bronze helmet with griffin and olive (on base)
- Code: BH-24
- Status: In Stock
- excl tax: £125.00