Bronze greave (shin guard)

Greek, South Italian

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 155

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.

Bronze greave (shin guard), Bronze, Greek, South Italian

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