ETRUSCO-ITALIC BRONZE NAGAU TYPE HELMET – XRF TESTED

£10,000.00

A bronze helmet, a variant of the Negau type, a regional Italian style with a characteristically conical shape. The tall, capped form resolves in a concave neck with a pronounced brim. It once would have been decorated with attachments and feathers, as similar known examples demonstrate. The report prepared by an independent Belgian Laboratory will accompany the purchase.

Date: Ca. 400-350 BC

Size: L:215mm / W:230mm; 520g

Condition: Good

Provenance: Property of a London doctor; formerly in the J.H. collection, Beaverton, Oregon, USA.

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Description

The distinctive shape of Nagau helmets represented the ferocity and might of the Etruscan army. Memories of these soldiers lived on for centuries after the Etruscan metalsmiths stopped producing them, as evidenced by an eastern Hungarian Celtic tetradrachm (ca. 2nd century BCE) that depicts a horseman wearing one of these helmets and holding a torc, a symbol of power. The item has undergone X-ray fluorescence analysis to confirm the metallurgical content suggesting its ancient origin and lack of modern trace elements.

Reference: Cf. a pilos helmet in Berlin, illustrated in Antikenmuseum Berlin (Berlin, 1988), no. 1 on pp. 80-81.

Additional information

Weight .520 kg
Dimensions 21.5 × 23 cm
Culture

Etruscan

Origin

Italy

Metal

Bronze