Ca.700-600 BC. A rare bronze helmet raised from a single sheet, the bowl of domed form with two parallel corrugated ribs to the upper face, rectangular slot for the face, short flaring neck-guard developing behind the cheek-protectors. Cf. Bottini et al. Antike Helme. Handbook mit Katalog, Mainz, 1988, pp.382-8, nos.5 and 6; for a finer example of such a helmet from the collection of the late Christos G. Bastis, see Sotheby's New York, 9 December 1999, lot 79. Fine condition; intact; on a custom stand; ; Provenance: Property of an established London gallery; acquired from a private estate collection formed since the 1970s.