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Two bronze helmets

Period:
Archaic
Date:
late 7th century B.C.
Culture:
Greek, Cretan
Medium:
Bronze
Dimensions:
H. (1989.281.49): 9 5/8 in. (24.5 cm) H. (1989.281.50): 8 1/4 in. (21 cm)
Classification:
Bronzes
Credit Line:
Gift of Norbert Schimmel Trust, 1989
Accession Number:
1989.281.49, .50
  • Description

    These helmets and the three mitrai exhibited below them are the finest pieces of a large cache of armor that came to light in southern central Crete, where it was undoubtedly made. The inscriptions suggest that the armor was captured as booty and offered as a dedication. In repoussé on both sides of one helmet is a pair of winged youths grasping a pair of intertwined snakes. Below them are two panthers with a common head. The helmet is inscribed "Neopolis." In repoussé on both sides of the other helmet is a horse; incised on each cheekpiece is a lion. The inscription states that Synenitos, the son of Euklotas, took this object.

  • Signatures, Inscriptions, and Markings

    Inscription: [on left side of helmet with horses] "Synenitos the son of Euklotas [took this]"; [above visor of helmet with winged youths] "Neopolis"

  • Provenance

    Said to be from Afrati, Crete (Hoffman 1972, p. 1).

    At least from 1967, collection of Norbert Schimmel; acquired October 26, 1989, gift of the Norbert Schimmel Trust.

  • References

    Milleker, Elizabeth J. 1993. "Recent Acquisitions, A Selection: 1992-1993." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, 51(2): p. 38.

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