We created this copy of an ancient Corinthian helmet with nails on the edge, based on the original helmet that was found in Ancient Olympia, dated to 7th-6th century B.C.. The helmet was made in a workshop in Peloponnese. This incredible historical item is made of copper with natural oxidation, mounted on a removable wooden base. An ideal gift, for all the admirers of ancient Greek history.
Dimensions of the helmet: 22cm x 30cm | Dimensions of the wooden base: 20 cm x 11 cm x 1,5 cm
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The largest collection of ancient weapons known today, mainly late Geometric and Archaic, has come from Olympia. Weapons were by far the most suitable gift to Zeus, who presided over the fortunes of the competitors in the Olympic Games at Olympia, just as he presided over the outcome of battle elsewhere.
The offerings of cities from booty taken in victorious campaigns, or of individuals from their personal panoplies are not only tangible and incontestable evidence of actual historic events, thanks to the inscriptions so often engraved upon them, they enlarge our knowledge of the art of war as practised by the ancient Greeks. In addition, their decoration makes a rich contribution to the depiction of myths , and many possess particular artistic merit.
This exact helmet is a bronze "Corinthian" helmet with nails from a Peloponnesian work-shop, dating from mid-7th century to early 6th century BC. The helmets passed through various stages of development from the end of the 8th century to the mid-5th century BC. It is clear that with the passing of time, their shape came to follow the contours of the skull more and more closely so that they were a better fit on the warrior's head.
The original helmet is kept at the archaeological museum of ancient Olympia.
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