Inv. n°: MMoCA598

Picenian Ceremonial Helmet with Preserved Lining

On the top of the helmet is the stylised image of a grinning face and hands, perhaps a deity. A rare example of a woven helmet-liner is still preserved inside the helmet.

h. 20 cm

Italic, 7th century BC



  • Axel Guttmann Collection (AG 360), acquired in Zurich
  • Acquired at Hermann Historica, Auction 60: "Antiquities including from the Axel Guttmann Collection", Munich, 13th October 2010, lot 2180. Professional report done at auction: Dr. A. Brande (Institute for Ecology at the Technical University Berlin) contributed to the scientific examination of this unusual helmet by analysing and defining the fabric of the lining. (Prof. B. Hänsel, director of the Dept. of Prehistory and Early History at the Freie Universität Berlin, Prof. Dr. J. Riederer, Rathgen research laboratory, Berlin, quantitative metal analysis. Prof. Dr. B. Terzan, Dept. of Prehistory and Early History at the Freie Universität Berlin. Prof. Dr. W. -D. Heilmeyer, Antique Collection, Berlin)


  • H. Born & Louis D. Nebelsick, Ein bronzener Prunkhelm der Hallstattzeit, Mainz, 1991, vol. 1, pp. 16-21
  • Hermann Historica, Auction 60, 13th October 2010, lot 2180
  • M. Burns, "Graeco-Italic Militaria" in M. Merrony (ed.), Mougins Museum of Classical Art, France, 2011, p. 187, fig. 13
  • Mathieu Garcia-Bullon, "Picasso, Klein, Gladiator...", Nice Matin, Mougins, 3rd March 2013, p. 13
  • V. Torres- Hugon, "Hoplite, le premier guerrier de l'histoire", Antiquité, hors-série, Éditions Heimdal, Autumn 2017, no. 1, p. 19
  • V. Torres- Hugon, Hoplite, le premier guerrier de l'histoire, Éditions Heimdal, 2018, p. 19


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

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