Artifact of the Day


Breastplate of “muscled” cuirass (torso armor)

Greece or Italic (300s B.C.E.)

The low R hinge on the breastplate looks to be original, and is probably the only remaining original side-fastening component. There is some patching, eg at the point of the lost upper R hinge and at the bottom L edge. Iron oxide around the armholes from the iron wire used to roll the edge at this point. The piece has apparently been deliberately flattened, probably for votive purposes, resulting in stress to the metal that has fractured it along multiple lines.