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Exceptional Greek Chalcidian Helmet with Silver Gilt Surfaces

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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Ancient World: Greek: Pre AD 1000: Item # 1338595
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This exceptional Greek Chalcidian helmet is one of the best examples for the type, and dates circa 500 B.C. This piece is approximately 12.75 inches high, and is a full size example. This piece is also analogous to the type defined in "Antike Helme", by H. Pflug, Mainz, Germany, pp. 137-150, Abb. 2 (Type V). The piece offered here, in addition to the type noted above in "Antike Helme" (Type V), all display movable cheek pieces that are connected to the main body of the helmet with a "hinged type" designed system. Each cheek piece also has a hole seen near the bottom, and this was used to support a leather tie that tied under the chin and firmly secured the helmet to the head of the warrior. This piece also has a hand beaten dome that was formed over a mold, and an extended nose guard. There are also curved openings for the ears, and an angled neck guard. This piece has a beautiful dark to light green patina that is seen over the original gilt silver layer that was added over the bronze. In antiquity, this piece was easily seen, as the bright silver gilt surface covered the entire outer layer of the helmet. The condition of this piece is exceptional, as a great deal of the outer silver gilt surfaces are intact, and there is only some minute crack fill that was done to the piece some time ago, and in addition, this intact piece is 100% original, with no noticeable restoration and/or repair. This type of piece was also made for an army, as it was mold made in quantity, although not many examples have survived in the superb condition as this example. Ex: Private UK collection, circa 1980's. (Note: Additional documentation is provided to the purchaser.) I certify that this piece is authentic as to date, culture, and condition: