Greek, South Italy, 400 - 375 B.C.
The J. Paul Getty Museum
“Scholars call this form of Greek helmet Apulo-Corinthian, meaning that it is a variation of the standard Corinthian helmet used in the Greek colonies in Apulia. Three attachments on the top of the helmet originally held decoration, probably horsehair crests, feathers, or metal animal horns. Low holes on either side of the helmet held a chinstrap, and a hole in the back of the helmet may have been used to hang it for storage or display.
Several characteristics demonstrate that this helmet was not meant to enclose the head as functional armor. The eyeholes are too small and close together, and there are no openings for the mouth or for the ears. The elaborate incised decoration that covers the surface further supports the notion of the helmet’s ceremonial function.”