Greek Bronze Phrygian Helmet
An ancient Hellenistic Greek bronze helmet modeled as a Phrygian cap, with high frontally curving peak, with recessed flanged visor and neck guard, with an applique bust of Athena attached over the forehead, perforated holes on each side.
Ca. 400 - 300 BC.
The Phrygian type helmet exists in fewer than 50 surviving examples today. The helmet type was especially popular in Macedonia and Thrace in the 4th century BC. Images of this helmet figure prominently in Macedonian iconography. The Alexander Sarcophagus features several Macedonian soldiers wearing Phrygian helmets.
cf.: R. Hixenbaugh and A. Valdman, Ancient Greek Helmets: a Complete Guide and Catalog, 2019, cat. nos. H39 - H78.
Formerly in an American private collection.