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Votive helmets and votive swords

Greek votive helmet - Greek votive sword - Greek bent sword - Greek votive offering - Greek warrior
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Pseudio-Corinthian helmet, 5th-4th century B.C. With broad flat rear flange, the moulded eyebrows extending into ridge around the crown, attachment holes on the crown and at either side on the lower edge, the decoration comprising delineation of the eye-holes and nose-guard with confronting boars below, highlighted later in white,17.8 cm high, no apertures, the eyes, nasal and cheek guards are indicated only by incision, probably a votive offering. Private collection, from Christie's…


Celtic ritualistically killed iron sword, Central Europe, 2nd-1st century B.C. Iron sword that was ritualistically bent into a ribbon of steel, originally 92 cm long. Private collection


Chalcidian helmet,5th century B.C., damages from a battle. The skull formed with a pronounced offset calotte, rounded central ridge, little distinguished brow gable, small nose guard, large, rounded, intentionally bent cheek pieces, and large ear cutouts. The neck guard with a horizontally flaring slender rim bearing traces of tin from a soldered edging no longer present. The rim of the neck guard pierced for a suspension, 21 cm high. Private collection, from Hermann Historica auction


Apulian-Corinthian helmet, 6th/5th century B.C. Hemispherical skull, minimally contoured. The face cutout was closed in ancient times by two riveted, richly decorated, bronze sheets (different alloy, with green corrosion), their palmette decorations have been made more visible in places by modern white ink. Wide flaring neck guard. Remnants of a riveted grest fork. A hole on each side for attaching the chinstraps, 17.5 cm high. Private collection, from Hermann Historica auction


Corinthian helmet, 6th century B.C. The eyebrows look like a stylization of bulls' horns, a symbol of both courage and strength. This helmet was once dedicated as a votive offering in a sanctuary and affixed by a squarish hole in the middle of the nape. The cheekflaps were turned up at the lower corners to prevent reuse, 22 cm high. Private collection George Ortiz

Apulian-Corinthian helmet 6th/5th century B.C. Undecorated. It appears that the formerly open eyes and front have been covered over with a bronze sheet. Probably a votive offering. Private collection