Material and technique: Bronze, casted and hammered.
Provenance: Ancient Florentine family with foreign residence
The artwork is a bronze war helmet of Illyric culture. The helmet has been realized on a bronze plate, casted and hammered. The upper part the helmet is decorated by two small spines in relief, with the presence of a series of channels for the insertion of the crest. The two cheekpieces (paragnatidi) have an angular shape and are pointed toward the lower vertex. The neckroll is flexed toward the exterior and served to protect the neck and the lower part of the head. The bronze plate has two ancient reparations, realized through a partial recasting and with the application of an additive metal plate. The helmet has been certainly used in several battles. The metal is highly oxidized with the presence of bubbles of green, rust color.
Illiryic helmets on the type of the Archontiko necropolis exemplars (type II).
Antike Helme. Handbuch mit katalog edito da Römisch-Germanisches Zentralmuseum, Mainz 1988)