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Bronze helmet

Period:
Archaic
Date:
late 7th century B.C.
Culture:
Greek, Cretan
Medium:
Bronze
Dimensions:
H. 8 1/4 in. (20.96 cm)
Classification:
Bronzes
Credit Line:
Gift of Norbert Schimmel Trust, 1989
Accession Number:
1989.281.50
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 152
Bronze helmet with two winged youths on each side who flank and grasp a pair of entwined serpents. They are dressed in short kilts, wear winged sandals and have wings on their backs that appear to be attached with straps. Although some scholars have identified these figures as the legendary Cretan craftsman Daidalos and his son Icarus, they probably represent local daemonic beings. Below them are two panthers with a common head.
Inscription: Above visor: "Neopolis"
Said to be from Afrati (ancient Arkades), Crete

Acquired October 26, 1989, gift of the Norbert Schimmel Trust; in the collection of Norbert Schimmel from at least 1968.
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