Bronze cuirass (body armor)

Period: Classical

Date: 4th century B.C.

Culture: Greek, Apulian

Medium: Bronze

Dimensions: H. (front): 19 5/8 in. (49.8 cm)
H. (back): 20 1/16 in. (51 cm)

Classification: Bronzes

Credit Line: Gift of Estée Lauder Inc., 1992

Accession Number: 1992.180.3


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.