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Helmet of the pilos type

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Helmet with slightly concave rim set off by a cord moulding from the ovoid body. A mask of the Gorgon Medusa decorates the front side. Tabs right and left near the top of the helmet probably held bronze horns. Just above the rim right and left are holes, perhaps intended to secure cheek pieces.


By 1990: with Helmut Liebert, Grotenburestrasse, 47800 Krefeld, Germany (said to come from the collection of a gymnasion teacher in Germany in the 1980s); about 2001: purchased from Helmut Liebert by Axel Guttmann, Berlin, Germany; by April 2004, with Christie's South Kensington, 85 Old Brompton Road, London SW7 3LD (Christie's sale, The Axel Guttmann Collection of Ancient Arms and Armour, Part 2, 28 April 2004, lot 113); purchased at Christie's sale by Dr. Jerome M. Eisenberg, Royal-Athena Galleries, 153 East 57th Street, New York, NY 10022 (sale catalogue no. 81, October, 2004, cat. no. 29); gift of Dr. and Mrs. Jerome M. Eisenberg to MFA in honor of John J. Herrmann, Jr., Curator of Classical Art, 1976-2004, December 2004

Credit Line

Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Jerome M. Eisenberg in honor of John J. Herrmann, Jr., Curator of Classical Art, 1976-2004

Greek, Late Classical or Early Hellenistic Period, 350–300 B.C.

Place of Manufacture

Apulia, Italy (probably)


Height: 22.8 cm (9 in.); max. diameter: 22.1 cm

Accession Number


Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Warfare, hunting, & fishing, Armor