Antique helmet unveiled at the Carnegie Science Middle Pompeii exhibition

Consider carrying a cast iron 25-pound helmet with only tiny eye holes.

Which is what a Secutor gladiator wore through battles in Rome.

Attendees can see an genuine historical helmet at the Carnegie Science Centre in Pittsburgh for “Pompeii: The Exhibition.”

The head piece traveled a lot more than 4,500 miles from Pompeii to Pittsburgh. It is one of much more than 180 artifacts that are section of the exhibit, which operates by means of April 24.

The helmet from 79 A.D. was unveiled at a information conference Tuesday.

“The selection in ‘Pompeii: The Exhibition’ is contrary to any that has traveled. It is the most remarkable selection of real artifacts on tour from Pompeii,” mentioned John Norman, CEO of Planet Heritage Exhibitions, producers of the exhibit, in a statement. “As we tour with this earth-course exhibition, we want to make sure that we sustain the affliction of these global treasures so they can be viewed for hundreds of years to occur.”

This is the 1st time the helmet will be showcased in the U.S. It was a single of the artifacts uncovered just after an eruption of Mount Vesuvius destroyed the Italian city. The assortment was preserved in volcanic ash for nearly 1,700 several years.

The helmet arrived in this article from the Naples Archaeological Museum. The registrar from Planet Heritage Exhibitions identified it needed added restoration do the job mainly because of indications of corrosion.

Squirrel Hill resident Michael Belman, a conservator, served with the restoration. He owns High-quality Arts Conservation Companies with his wife, Chantal Bernicky.

The pair has knowledge in restoring outdated objects — particularly steel ones. The get the job done took about a thirty day period.

“While this is usual for archaeological finds, active corrosion can weaken the joints of previous restorations, and they can perhaps release, just as these did,” said Belman, who has worked at the Museum of Present day Art in New York Town, the Williamstown Artwork Conservation Heart in Massachusetts and the National Gallery of Artwork in Washington, D.C.

He has held positions as objects conservator at the Carnegie Museum of Art in Oakland and head of objects conservation at the Intermuseum Conservation Association in Cleveland.

The helmet is a “particularly substantial artifact” and just one of the most outstanding enduring photos of that period, claimed Jason Brown, the Henry Buhl Jr. director of Carnegie Science Center.

Brown claimed being equipped to team with a regional conservationist “is a testomony to the fantastic expertise in our group.”

He reported he continues to be surprised at the entire world-class authorities in Pittsburgh from the arts to sports and every thing in amongst. The location is a progressive, forward-contemplating a person and usually identified as just one of the most livable metropolitan areas, Brown mentioned.

Joe Powell, output supervisor for Planet Heritage Exhibitions, said he lookups to collaborate with neighborhood conservators on this sort of jobs.

Belman and Bernicky’s perform will without end be connected to the artifacts when the exhibit leaves Pittsburgh for its upcoming stop at the science center in Washington, D.C., Powell said.

The show showcases objects much more than 2,000 decades outdated, from jewellery and marble statues to cookware, cash and warming braziers (vessels that burn off wooden or charcoal). It is found in the science center’s PPG Science Pavilion and offered by Pennsylvania Cyber Charter College.


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A restored gladiator helmet is viewed on exhibit for the duration of a information conference Tuesday, Jan. 11, at the Carnegie Science Middle. The 2,000-calendar year-previous helmet was unveiled as a new addition to the Carnegie Science Center’s exhibit “Pompeii: The Exhibition.”


Belman mentioned the restoration drop light-weight on the helmet’s history. Because the helmet was misshapen, it most very likely was facial area-down on its still left aspect in the ground.

When such objects are pulled from the earth and appear in get hold of with the environment, they demand crisis stabilization, he claimed.

He labored to get rid of the corrosion and utilized tinted epoxy gel for the restore. He explained they protected the helmet with blankets and pillows.

“Having visited Pompeii, I have an appreciation for arms and armor,” Belman stated. “As quickly as I listened to about this helmet, I wished to perform on it. I didn’t treatment what was included. I just required to work on it. As I was doing work on it, I considered about the individual who wore this and remaining closely armored when the opponent was lightly armored and more agile.”

JoAnne Klimovich Harrop is a Tribune-Evaluation employees author. You can contact JoAnne at 724-853-5062, [email protected] or through Twitter .

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