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Shields, Cuirasses and Other Armour

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Bronze Shield

 

Date: 7th c BC.

Place: Etruscan, Narce, tomb 2

 

Photographed at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.

 

 

In the Old Testament, God is often refered to as a shield for his people. This is especially common in the Psalms, eg. Psalm 28:7, 33:20, 91:4.

 

 

 

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Bronze Cuirass

 

Date: 7th century BC.

Place: Cretan, from Afrati.

 

Photographed at the M. C. Carlos Museum, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia, USA

 

 

 

This cuirass or body armour was dedicated at the temple of Athena as plunder of war.

Bronze Cuirass

 

Date: Late 7th century BC

Place: Greek

 

Photographed at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, New York, USA.

 

The artist has depicted the male anatomy in highly stylized relief work – showing rib cage, pectoral muscles, shoulder blades and spine.

 

But someone drew his bow at random and hit the king of Israel between the breastplate and the scale armor. The king told the chariot driver, “Wheel around and get me out of the fighting. I’ve been wounded.” (2 Chronicles 18:33)

 

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Bronze Muscled Cuirass

 

Date: 375 – 325 BC.

Place: Southern Italy

 

Photographed at the British Museum, London, England. 

 

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Bronze Foot Guards

 

Date: 520 - 840 BC.

Place: Greek - Italian

 

Photographed at the British Museum, London, England.

 

 

Foot guards like these are seldom found. This may be because they were too heavy and restrictive to be practical.