Etruscan Vetulonia type helmet
Negau (Vetulonia) type helmet
Late 6th - first half 5th century B.C.
Negau helmet of Vetulonia type. Domed form with pronounced central ridge and concave band above the flanged rim. A horsehair crest was originally attached using a small hole to each side of the central ridge (the holes are now covered by restoration).
Length 267 mm, width 237 mm, height about 200 mm
Helmet with finest quality restoration from several fragments, few missing areas reconstructed. Several cracks and holes. Overall excellent and very impressive condition with "honest" restoration which can be recognized upon a detailed inspection and is not hidden to imitate a not restored object and thus deceive the observer / collector, like most other specimen on display in museums and on the ancient art market.
Label "735" in red ["7" written in American style] and stickers "68" and "N 12770" ["7" written in European style] inside.
See M. Comstock & C. Vermeule, Greek, Etruscan and Roman Bronzes in the Boston Museum of Fine Arts (Boston 1971) p. 496-7 Nr. 589C (this helmet with stamped palmettes and other decoration).
Object Nr. IVh 1024 in the Museum für Vor- und Frühgeschichte der Staatlichen Museen zu Berlin collection.
Object Nr. IVf 668 in the Museum für Vor- und Frühgeschichte der Staatlichen Museen zu Berlin collection.
Acquired by us in 2020 from Galerie Cahn. Basel. Acquired in 2014 on the British art market. From the possession of New York City antiquities dealer Sumner Healey, who was made famous by Berenice Abbott's scenic photograph from 1936. Thereafter in the collection of John Woodman Higgins (1874-1961), who founded the Higgins Armory Museum in Worcester, Massachusetts (inventory number 1735).
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