Bronze cuirass (breastplate)


On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 170

Recent study of this "bell-shaped" bronze cuirass has led to its reassignment as a product of the Hallstatt culture (ancient Celtic culture), situated in the area of the Alps north of present-day Italy, rather than of Etruscan manufacture. The front and back pieces, that are hinged together, render male anatomy in a stylized pattern of embossed knobs and rows of dots, reflecting particularly strong influence from Mediterranean counterparts.

Bronze cuirass (breastplate), Bronze, Hallstatt

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