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Shield of hoplon type

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Hoplon type of shield, used by Greek heavy infantry (hoplites) in the Archaic and Classical periods. Composed of sheet-bronze outer surface, the rim of which has a multiple running guilloche patterns. Inside fastening rivets and sections of strap are preserved: one panel in relief may be Thetis...

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By 1971: with Münzen und Medaillen, A.G., Malzgasse 25, Basel, Switzerland (according to the firm's invoice of April 25, 1971: purchased from a private person in Switzerland); purchased by MFA from Münzen und Medaillen, A.G., September 15, 1971

Credit Line

Helen and Alice Colburn Fund

Greek, Archaic Period, Second half of 6th century B.C.

Catalogue Raisonné

Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), no. 118.


Diameter 81.5 cm (32 1/16 in.) x width: 11.5 cm (4 1/2 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Warfare, hunting, & fishing, Armor