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This helmet was dedicated to Zeus, as evidenced by the inscription: The inscription is incised, retrograde and is in the Laconian alphabet (Jeffery): TO DIOS OLUMPIO Translation: "of Olympian Zeus." Condition: The lower part of the right cheekpiece and almost all of the right eyehole are...

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"Of Olympian Zeus" (on side) ΤΟDΙΟΣΟΛΥΝΠΙΟ in retrograde Laconian alphabet


By date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren (according to Warren's records: from Rhousopoulos: from Olympia); purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren, December 1901

Credit Line

Museum purchase with funds donated by contribution

Greek, Archaic Period, 680–620 B.C.

Catalogue Raisonné

Greek, Etruscan, & Roman Bronzes (MFA), no. 583; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 126 (additional published references).


Height: 25 cm (9 13/16 in.); diameter: 25 cm (9 13/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Warfare, hunting, & fishing, Armor