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Bronze greave (shin guard)

Period:
Classical
Date:
4th century B.C.
Culture:
Greek, South Italian
Medium:
Bronze
Dimensions:
width 4 7/8in. (12.4cm)
length 15 3/4in. (40cm)
Classification:
Bronzes
Credit Line:
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Jonathan P. Rosen, 1991
Accession Number:
1991.171.45
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 172
The uppermost part of the greave, where it widens to cover the knee, is often decorated with a figural motif. The gorgoneion (Gorgon's face) is particularly appropriate in view of its round shape and power to transfix the enemy.
Metropolitan Museum of Art. 1991. "One Hundred Twenty-first Annual Report of the Trustees for the Fiscal Year July 1, 1990 through June 30, 1991." Annual Report of the Trustees of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 121: p. 32.

Karoglou, Kyriaki. 2018. "Dangerous Beauty : Medusa in Classical Art." Bulletin of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 75(3): pp. 13–14, 16.

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