This helmet is decorated with spiral motifs above each 'ear' and acanthus leaves adorn the nape of the neck. The crest is fronted with a head of the mythical griffin.
The griffin was a symbol of wealth and prosperity and a guardian of prized possessions. The mythical griffin 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 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 crests on our helmets, inspired by other media, often portray geometric patterns, magnificent animals or awe-inspiring mythical beasts.
More about the griffin in INSIGHTS on our archived Wordpress site.
|dimensions etc||Height including the base: 38cm (please note there may be a variation of a centimeter either way)|
|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.|
medium bronze helmet with griffin crest (on base)
- Code: BH-25
- Status: In Stock
- excl tax: £229.17