A Roman bronze helmet of the Montefortino type, inscribed, 2nd century B.C. For Sale

A Roman bronze helmet of the Montefortino type, inscribed, 2nd century B.C.


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A Roman bronze helmet of the Montefortino type, inscribed, 2nd century B.C.:
$19,999

A bronze helmet of the Montefortino type, inscribed with the name, 2nd century B.C.

Professionally restored, about 70 % of original metal. Almost hemispherical bronze helmet, extending upwards to a conical knob, offset at the bottom and flattened on the top, to which a crest was attached. The helmet knob is hammered out from the skull. At the back, the skull continues down to a narrow, slightly sloping neck guard, Struck with the inscription. Supports for the cheek pieces on the inside, each fastened with two rivets. The hinged section of the right piece has been lost. No ornamentation on the skull, the edge not reinforced. Cleaned on the outside. Beautiful, dark green patina.

The alphabet looks Latin. The owner has a first name [- - -]apimas (as the helmet says), and a second name, An[- - -] or Ano[- - -]. The names are certainly not Latin, so apparently the owner wasn't Roman.

The patronymic could be Greek: there are quite a few Greek names starting with Ano.... The first name is more difficult because it is neither Latin nor Greek. My guess would be an Egyptian name like Tapimas, if the traces at the beginning are a T, or Apima (genitive case Apimas), if the traces don't belong to the name.

Provenance: English collection, sold in London in 1931. Later in private English collection until 1962, when sold in London again. In buyer’s family’s estate until 2019, when bought by the current owner. Original paperwork from 1931 and 1962.

Similar helmet with inscription was sold at Hermann Historica for 28000 EUR plus buyer’s premium, 35000 total (sale A82kua, Lot No. 635).

This item is guaranteed to be genuine, ancient and as described.

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