User Menu

MFA for Educators

Engage your students with the collections of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, to illustrate themes and concepts in any discipline.

Helmet of Phrygian type

Start collecting

The peak curves forward in the approved manner, and there is a neckpiece at the back of the curving edge. The greenish surface and the marine encrustations within indicate a find from the sea or the land nearby. Part of the upper end has been restored in plaster, where the crest broke away (?).


By date unknown: probably from a find in or near the sea based on the marine incrustations within the helmet; by 1966: with a New York dealer; 1966: with Sotheby & Co., 34 & 35 New Bond Street, W1, London (Sotheby & Co. auction, June 13, 1966, lot 35, illus.; Sotheby & Co. auction, June 12, 1967, lot 157, illus.); Landon T. Clay Collection; gift to MFA by Landon T. Clay, September 23, 1969

Credit Line

Gift of Landon T. Clay

Near Eastern, Anatolian, Phrygian, Classical Period, about 450 B.C.

Catalogue Raisonné

Greek, Etruscan, & Roman Bronzes (MFA), no. 589A; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 126 (additional published references).


Height: 27 cm (10 5/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Warfare, hunting, & fishing, Armor