Corinthian Hoplite Helmet (Profile)
source: Wikimedia Commons
author: Walters Art Museum
A photograph displays a profile view of a bronze Corinthian hoplite helmet. Cheekpieces reach down from the side of the helmet to protect the face, as does a nosepiece. The mouth and chin are left exposed with this style.
Artifact: 8th–6th century BC
This bronze hoplite helmet bears cheekpieces characteristic of early Corinthian helmets. These cheekpieces appear to have been bent outward, rendering the helmet less effective. This was sometimes done purposefully for ceremonial purposes, such as dedication to sanctuaries.
Hoplite helmets such as this one were one of the pieces of armor worn by athletes competing in the hoplitodromos, an event featured at the Olympic Games and other Panhellenic festivals. In this event, competitors would don a helmet, shield, and (until the 5th century BC) greaves and sprint the distance of the stadium track.
At the time of photograph, this artifact was housed in the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore, Maryland.
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