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A greave with a strongly articulated representation of leg muscles. The greave has been squashed flat, and the knee is largely reconstructed. Because of the associated cuirass, it probably comes from the tomb of a South Italian cavalryman.


By 1975: Cologne art market; 1975: purchased by Joost Kuizenga of Enschede, The Netherlands from the Cologne art market; March 20, 1993: sold by Kuizenga to the Liebert collection, Krefeld, Germany; 2001: said to have been acquired by or consigned to Axel Guttmann from the Liebert collection and returned three months later; by June 2001: consigned by Liebert to Sotheby's New York (auction 7676, June 12, 2001, lot 68); June 12, 2001: sold by Sotheby's to a private collector and repurchased not long thereafter by Sotheby's; by June 2002: with Sotheby's New York (auction June 13, 2002, lot 67); August, 2003: purchased from Sotheby's by Peter Aldrich; December 2003: fractional year-end gift of Widgie and Peter Aldrich to MFA

Credit Line

Partial gift of Widgie and Peter Aldrich

Greek, South Italian, Early Hellenistic Period, about late 4th century B.C.

Place of Manufacture

Campania, Lucania, or Apulia, Italy


Length: 40.6 cm (16 in.); width: 14.5 cm (5 1/16 in.); height: 6 cm (2 3/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Warfare, hunting, & fishing, Armor