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Bronze cuirass (body armor)

4th century B.C.
Greek, Apulian
H. (front): 19 5/8 in. (49.8 cm) H. (back): 20 1/16 in. (51 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of Estée Lauder Inc., 1992
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 155
The cuirass was the major element of a Greek warrior's panoply. This one is considerably later than most of the objects in this gallery, as indicated by its articulation. It also illustrates how much body armor has in common with sculpture. The front and back plates of a cuirass typically provide sensitive renderings of the male torso.
#1057. Bronze cuirass (body armor)
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