Bronze helmet

late 7th century B.C.
Greek, Cretan
H. 8 1/4 in. (20.96 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of Norbert Schimmel Trust, 1989
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 150
Bronze helmet with two winged youths on each side who flank and grasp a pair of entwined serpents. They are dressed in short kilts, wear winged sandals and have wings on their backs that appear to be attached with straps. Although some scholars have identified these figures as the legendary Cretan craftsman Daidalos and his son Icarus, they probably represent local daemonic beings. Below them are two panthers with a common head.
Inscription: Above visor: "Neopolis"
Said to be from Afrati (ancient Arkades), Crete

At least from 1967, collection of Norbert Schimmel, New York; acquired in 1989, gift of the Norbert Schimmel Trust.
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