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Armor Scales

Late Period
Dynasty 26
reign of Apries
589–570 B.C.
From Egypt, Memphite Region, Memphis (Mit Rahina), Palace of Apries
Bronze or copper alloy; iron
Largest L. 2.9 cm (1 1/8 in.)
Credit Line:
Gift of The Egyptian Research Account and British School of Archaeology in Egypt, 1909
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 130
Discovered in the Palace of Apries at Memphis, these pieces of scale armor may have been used for gauntlets. In five cases, scales of copper alloy were adhering to iron scales, as if armor of both materials had lain against one another.
Excavated by Flinders Petrie for the Egyptian Research Account and the British School of Archaeology in Egypt at Memphis. Received by the ERA and the BSAE from the Egyptian government in the division of finds. Allotted to the Museum for its support, 1909.

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