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Bronze mitra (belly guard)

Period:
Archaic
Date:
late 7th century B.C.
Culture:
Greek, Cretan
Medium:
Bronze
Dimensions:
Overall: 6 1/16 x 9 9/16in. (15.4 x 24.2cm)
Classification:
Bronzes
Credit Line:
Gift of Norbert Schimmel Trust, 1989
Accession Number:
1989.281.51
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 152
These three mitrai were found on Crete with the two helmets exhibited above. They were suspended from belts to protect the lower abdomen. One, with a depiction of the foreparts of horses, is inscribed "Synenitos, the son of Euklotas, [took] this." Another, with the foreparts of winged horses, is inscribed "Aisonidas, the son of Kloridios, took this." The third mitra is decorated with two sphinxes. Such heraldic representations of fantastic animals were derived from Near Eastern prototypes.
Inscription: "Synenitos, the son of Euklotas, [took] this"
Said to be from Afrati (ancient Arkades), Crete

Muscarella, Oscar White. 1974. Ancient Art: The Norbert Schimmel Collection no. 16, Mainz am Rhein: Verlag Philipp von Zabern.

Neumann, Gunter. 1974. "Zu den kretischen Kriegernamen auf den Waffen von Afrati." Zeitschrift für vergleichende Sprachforschung, : pp. 32-40.

Metropolitan Museum of Art. 1979. Greek Art of the Aegean Islands. no. 91, p. 142, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Hampe, Roland and Erika Simon. 1980. Un Millénaire d'Art Grec 1600-600. pls. 122, 125, 192, Fribourg, Suisse: Office du Livre.

Milleker, Elizabeth J. 1992. "Ancient Art: Gifts from The Norbert Schimmel Collection." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, 49(4): p. 39.

Milleker, Elizabeth J. 1993. "Recent Acquisitions, A Selection: 1992-1993." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, 51(2): p. 39.

Bodel, John P. and Stephen Tracy. 1997. Greek and Latin Inscriptions in the USA: A Checklist. p. 192, Rome: The American Academy in Rome.

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