|IRANIAN BRONZE HELMET WITH INSCRIPTION
Hemispherical with an arched face cutout and decoration in the form of strips of bosses, and an anthropomorphic image on the forehead with bent arms raised upwards (prayer posture). In the neck area deeply incised cuneiform text, as yet unreadable, next to two bronze rivets, possibly for the neck guard.
Published in: H. Born/L. Nebelsick, "Ein bronzener Helm der Hallstattzeit", Sammlung Axel Guttmann, vol. 1, Mainz 1991, pp. 53, 70 ill. 32. A singular helmet from the context of Iranian high culture displaying iconographs of extraordinary interest.
Ex collection of Axel Guttmann (1944-2001), Berlin.
9th-7th Century BC
H. 8 1/8 in. (20.8 cm.)