Twin coiled serpents support this crest. Symbol of healing, the serpent was also the guardian and protector of sacred places and objects. The Greeks revered the serpent for its wisdom and healing powers (as in the cult of Asklepios, god of medicine), but also feared them for their tremendous powers. The snake appears as an aggressive defender in many ancient Greek myths: the name 'Medusa' (the snake-haired Gorgon) translates from the Greek as 'guardian' or 'protectress'. The Romans regarded the snake as the continuing spirit (or 'genius' in Latin) of the family unit.
The prototype for this helmet 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, 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 magnificent animals or mythical beasts.
|dimensions etc||Height including marble base: 40cm (there may be a slight variation of a centimeter or so 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.|
|country of origin||Made in Greece.|
medium bronze helmet with twin serpents crest (on base)
- Code: BH-35
- Status: In Stock
- excl tax: £229.17