A lovely miniature.
The Greek key motif is also known as the 'meander' or 'meandros' and appears throughout ancient Greek art, from the geometric period onwards. It is a symbol of infinity and unity, also thought to represent the labyrinth or maze, and the eternal quest for truth.
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. The piece on which this one is based is in the Goulandris Collection in the Museum of Cycladic Art, in Athens.
|dimensions etc||Height including the marble base: 12cm (please allow for a few millimetres 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.|
mini bronze helmet with Greek key crest (on base)
- Code: BH-38
- Status: In Stock
- excl tax: £25.00