Three helmets from different periods and the Nyemija helmet from the collection of the founder Frigyes Déri, known to only a few, are on show together at the Déri Museum. The chamber exhibition was supported by the National Cultural Fund’s Genius programme.

Among the helmets in the Déri collection are two Greek hoplite helmets: a rare bronze helmet belonging to a subgroup of Corinthian helmets (the Myros group), made circa 600-525 BC (the Archaic period), and a Thracian-Phrygian type helmet hammered from copper plate, made in the 4th-3rd centuries BC (the Hellenistic period).

Both may once have been worn by Greek foot soldiers (hoplites) armed to the chin: the earlier one may have been worn by the Spartan State, while the later one may have been worn by the Macedonian Philip II or by a warrior of Alexander the Great.

The third helmet is a Celtic iron helmet of the Montefortino type, probably made by a Celtic blacksmith in the 3rd century BC, with bronze elements and a red enamel button on the top. A 3D digital reconstruction of the Celtic defensive weapon, which survives in very poor condition, has been made.

Fourthly, the famous 11th-century Varég helmet, richly decorated with gilding and copper plates, will be reintroduced to the public.

Each of these helmets has a unique history, which will be presented in a catalogue to accompany the exhibition.

The exhibition opened on the 23rd of October and it can be seen until 21st of January 2024.

Source: dehir.hu |Photo credit: Facebook (Papp László)

Author: Debrecen4U