SAMNITE HELMET AND NECK BRACE
This imposing helmet, a unique hybrid of the Samnite-Chalcidian type, has an unusually intense quality. The Samnites were a South Italic people, who crushed the early Roman state in a series of spectacular battles. That this helmet survives with its original neck-guard is completely unparalleled. Whilst different armour assemblages are known from the ancient world, this helmet flows so seamlessly into its neckguard that it allows us to give form to a ghostly ancient warrior.
London Art Market.
Prior to that in a German Private Collection, acquired in the middle of the 20th century.