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Left Greave
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Left Greave
English: A greave is armor that protects the kneecap and lower leg. This example has elaborate decoration in repoussé (a technique in which metal is impressed from the rear to form a raised design), including the face of a lion over the knee and lines emphasizing the muscles of the calf on either side. Tiny holes lining the top and bottom edges secured a fabric lining and leather strips for attachment to the leg. This piece of bronze armor is an element of the hoplite's panoply, which also included a helmet, breastplate, shield, spear, and sword. The hoplite's armor signified the social status of its owner, who was required to furnish his weapons at his own expense. It also signaled a citizen's service to the community and would thus have been a source of pride to its owner (Snodgrass 1967 (1999), 58-9).
Date 6th century BC
date QS:P571,-550-00-00T00:00:00Z/7
(Archaic Greece
era QS:P2348,Q271834
Medium bronze
medium QS:P186,Q34095
Dimensions Height: 40.5 cm (15.9 in); Width: 10.5 cm (4.1 in); Depth: 12.5 cm (4.9 in)
dimensions QS:P2048,40.5U174728;P2049,10.5U174728;P5524,12.5U174728
institution QS:P195,Q210081
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Place of creation Greece
Object history
  • Joseph Brummer Estate Sale, New York, 1949, pt. II, lot 183
  • Walters Art Museum, 1949, by purchase
Exhibition history Heroes: Mortals and Myths in Ancient Greece. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore; Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Nashville; San Diego Museum Of Art, San Diego; Alexander S. Onassis Public Benefit Foundation (USA), New York. 2009-2011. In Search of Ancient Treasure: 40 Years of Collecting. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1978.
Credit line Museum purchase, 1949
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