Inv. n°: MMoCA190

Roman Bronze Helmet of the Weisenau Type

With distinct hammer marks on the inside, fully tinned exterior. Widely flaring, contoured neck-guard with reinforcement bands riveted to the sides. Long, heavily embossed eyebrows above the massive, riveted brow piece and two pronounced, embossed, stabilising ribs above the neck-guard. Ear cutouts on the sides with riveted hinge straps for attaching the cheekpieces.

h. 30 (inc. cheek-pieces) x 29.5 x 32 cm

1st century BC- 1st century AD

Bronze

Provenance

  • The German Antiquities dealer Axel Weber, until 1982
  • Ex Axel Guttmann Collection (H70/AG 292), acquired in Cologne, 1983, (First Helmet Guttmann ever collected)
  • Christie’s London South Kensington, The Axel Guttmann Collection of Ancient Arms and Armour, part 2, London, April 2004, lot 143
  • Acquired at Herman Historica, Antiquities from the Axel Guttman Collection and other Properties, sale 56, Munich, October 2008, lot 61

Publications

  • M. Junkelmann, "Roman Helmets in the Axel Guttmann Collection", Journal of Roman Military Equipment Studies, Berlin, 1999, vol. 10, pp. 81-85, plate 2
  • M. Junkelmann, Römische Helme Sammlung Axel Guttmann, Mainz, 2000, vol. 8, pp. 78, 124-125, plate IX, foldout II
  • M. Junkelmann, Das Spiel mit dem Tod - So kämpften Roms Gladiatoren, Mainz, 2000, p. 55, fig. 68
  • M. Junkelmann, Die Legionen des Augustus Verlag Phillipp von Zabern, 9th edition, Mainz, 2003, plate 12b
  • Christie's London, The Axel Guttmann Collection, part 2, 28th April 2004, lot 143
  • Hermann Historica, Auction 56, Munich, October 2008, lot 61
  • Minerva: the International Review of Ancient Art & Archaeology, January/ February 2011, 26, no.1
  • J. Kaminski and D. Sim, Roman Imperial Armour: The Production of Early Imperial Military Armour, vol. XXII, p. 123, plate 7
  • J. Kaminski and D. Sim, Arms and Armour of the Imperial Roman Soldier from Marius to Commodus, 112 BC-192 AD, p. 196
  • M. Junkelmann, "Roman Militaria" in M. Merrony (ed.), Mougins Museum of Classical Art, France, 2011, p. 254, fig. 52
  • M. Merrony, Musée d’Art Classique de Mougins. La Collection Famille Levett, France, 2012, p. 77
  • C. Wolff, "L’Infanterie" in K. Schörle (ed.), L'Armée de Rome, La Puissance et la Gloire, France, 2018, p. 40 and p. 61, fig. 29
  • F. Cadiou, "De l'Armée Républicaine à l'Armée Impériale: les Soldats et le Prince" in P. Faure and F. Hurlet (ed.), Enquête de pouvoir, de Rome à Lugdunum, France, 2021, p. 63, fig. 3

Exhibitions

  • Orangerie, Berlin, Germany, 11th September 1982 — 11th September 1982
  • Musée d'Art Classique de Mougins (MACM), Mougins, France, from June 2011
  • L’armée de Rome, la puissance et la gloire, Musée départamental Arles antique, Arles, France, 15th December 2018 — 22nd April 2019
  • Une salade, César?, Lugdunum musée et théatres romains, Lyon, France, 14th October 2020 — 25th April 2021

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