Etruscan Bronze Negau Helmet
An ancient Etruscan bronze helmet of the Negau type. The crown has a central ridge running front to back. There is a recessed band around the lower rim.
Ca. 450 - 350 BC.
Etruscan helmets of the Negau type are named for the village in Slovenia where a cache of such helmets was initially found in 1812.
Cf. similar Negau helmets in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, inv. no. 1970.35, and the Antikensammlung, Berlin, inv. no. Fr. 1019. For a discussion of the Negau helmet type, see: Antike Helme. Sammlung Lipperheide und andere Best?nde des Antikenmuseums Berlin (Mainz, 1988), pp. 243-270.
Formerly in the collection of the author Alexandre Nicolai (1865-1952), Bordeaux, France; subsequently in a California private collection.
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