Ancient Roman helmet up for auction

The face mask features arched eyebrows and an ancient gaze, framed by curls.

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.

PTI

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