London: The helmet is topped with a griffin.
The face mask features arched eyebrows and an ancient gaze,
framed by curls. And it`s up for auction.
Considered an extraordinary example of Roman metalwork,
the mask was discovered in a field in northwestern England by
a treasure-hunter with a metal detector. It`s scheduled to be
auctioned Oct. 7 by Christie`s, with a guide price of 200,000
to 300,000 pounds (USD 242,000 to 363,000).
Georgiana Aitken, head of antiquities at Christie`s,
called the helmet, which dates from the late 1st century, "a
hugely important discovery."
Christie`s said today it`s one of only three similar
examples found in Britain over the last 250 years.
Christie`s said it wasn`t intended for combat, but for
the Roman army`s cavalry sports events.