With narrow flange at rear, the moulded eyebrows extending into a ridge around the crown, with false eye- holes and short nose-guard, the cheek pieces incised with the foreparts of confronting boars with stippled bodies and bristled crests along their backs, incised vegetation behind each boar and extending from the corner of the eye lines, the perimeter bordered with incised lines and a central band of chevrons, a tall plume holder riveted to the crown, pierced at the lower edge on each side.
With Mathias Komor (1905-1984), New
Sotheby's, London, 14 July 1987, lot
Axel Guttmann Collection, Berlin, acquired in 1987
Christie's, London, The Art of Warfare: The Axel Guttmann
Collection of Arms and Armour, Part I, 6 November 2002, lot
64 American private collection, 2002-2019
The pseudo-Corinthian helmet, developed
in Magna Graecia, the Greek colonies of South Italy during the 6th-5th Century BC, was a
stylistic progression from the earlier Corinthian type helmets. This style of
helmet was worn on top of the head rather than over the face, and would have
been secured with a chinstrap, with the front portion serving as a visor. The
adaptation of this type from the original Corinthian allowed the wearer more
visibility, as the eye and nose slits became purely decorative. According to Bottini (1990) this example belongs to Type A: A. Bottini, 'Gli Elmi Apulo-Corinzi: Proposta di Classificazione', AION AnnArchStAnt, 1990, pp. 23-37, no. 25.