Helmeted Warrior

Helmeted Warrior
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7 1/2 x 2 3/4 x 1 1/4 in
Geography B (Ancient)
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Geography A (Modern)
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Provenance: J.J. Klejman; purchased in 1965 John and Dominique de Menil
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The helmeted warrior is a solid cast bronze sculpture of Ancient Greek craftsmanship, and potentially dates to the Late Geometric Period (900-700 BCE). The figure is nude except for a wide flat belt encircling the triangular torso. The limbs are unnaturally elongated and disproportionate in size relative to its trunk. The long, tubelike legs stride forward, which produces the illusion of frontal motion. The active position of the arms, with the right arm raised aggressively above the head, adds to the dynamism of the posture. Both fists are drilled through, potentially for additional elements like model weapons. While the overall composition is unmistakably Greek, the face and the head bear conspicuous orientalizing details. The eyes are gouged and set deeply into the face, which suggests that they once held enamel inlay, a practice linked to Syrian workmanship. The conical shape of the helmet is akin to depictions of warriors on Assyrian reliefs. Alternatively, the helmet also bears strong resemblance to early Greek models of the 10th–9th centuries BCE. Because of the elongated quality of the piece, the figure may have served as adornment to a tripod cauldron. This assessment has been questioned recently because the shape and position of the feet may not allow for attachment to a base. As an individual entity, though, it is unlikely that the piece could stand upright due to the unevenness of its posture. Alternatively, the warrior may have served as a votive or cultic object.
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X 511