Corinthian helmet
On View In:
Gallery 241
Artist:   Unknown  
Title:   Corinthian helmet  
Date:   c. 540 BCE  
Medium:   Bronze  
Dimensions:   11-13/16 x 7-7/8 x 10-1/2 in. (30.0 x 20.0 x 26.7 cm)  
Credit Line:   Gift of Ruth and Bruce Dayton  
Location:   Gallery 241  

This magnificent bronze helmet is an exceptional example of Corinthian personal armor. It is skillfully beaten from a single sheet of bronze. Developed in the early 600's BCE, the "Corinthian style" helmet had no ear holes, but had a cap-shaped crown, solid nose guard, and flared cheek pieces. For display and further protection, a horsehair crest would have been attached to the top of the crown ridge. Small holes pierced along this ridge would have been used to secure the missing crest. Away from combat, the helmet could be pushed up to rest above the face. A typical set of Greek armor from this period also included a bronze breastplate and metal shin guards called greaves. The pure abstract form, simple curvilinear eyebrows, and restrained floral décor make this an especially beautiful, utilitarian object.

Name:   Unknown  

Object Description  
Classification:   Arms and Armor  
Physical Description:   face-covering helmet with back and sides curled upward; vertical opening at center from eye holes through bottom; organic design on forehead; curving eyebrows, connected at center  
Creation Place:   , Greek, , Pelopónnisos,  
Accession #:   2001.80.1  
Owner:   The Minneapolis Institute of Arts