Inv. n°: MMoCA504

Italic Bronze Helmet of Montefortino Type

The crown topped by a foliate knop, the narrow rear peak with hatched triangular motif and ‘rope’ border extending around the helmet perimeter. ‘VII S’ incised on the underside. This type of helmet was adopted from the Celts, and eventually became the most common type of helmet in Italy by the 3rd century BC.

h. 21.6 cm

Italic, 3rd century BC



  • Ex collection of Axel Guttmann (AG130), Berlin, 1st January 1987
  • Acquired by Royal-Athena Galleries at Christie's Axel Guttmann Sale, London, 28th April 2004, lot 116
  • Ex collection Dr. John Riley, Cambridge, MA, November 2006
  • Reacquired Royal-Athena Galleries, New York, 2008
  • Acquired at Royal-Athena Galleries, New York, 22nd October 2008, RJ0801


  • M. Junkelmann, Romische Helm: Sammlung Axel Guttmann, Mainz, 2000, vol. VIII, pp. 107-108, no. 30 - 32 (AG 130)
  • H. Born, Zur Herstellung der Etruskischen Bronzehelme mit Scheitelknauf, Archaologisches Korrespondenzblatt, 1991, pp. 76-77, no. 9, 3 & 12
  • Christie's London, Axel Guttmann Sale, 28th April 2004, lot 116
  • J. M. Eisenberg, Ancient Arms, Armors and Images of Warfare, p. 13, no. 32
  • M. Burns, "Graeco-Italic Militaria" in M. Merrony (ed.), Mougins Museum of Classical Art, France, 2011, p. 187, fig. 12


  • Musée d'Art Classique de Mougins (MACM), Mougins, France, from June 2011

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