**Originally Listed At $800**
Ancient Near East, Achaemenid Persian Empire, ca. 500 to 330 BCE, probably later in this period. A pair of large shield bosses, also known as an umbo, both made of hammered and stamped bronze, each with a stunning deep teal patina and a raised, rounded center drilled through for attachment. Both are decorated with identical motifs of raised, stylized ram's heads with curled horns. These were made to be part of a violin-shield, a double-gripped style of shield known from Persepolis. The shield was oval, with circular cut outs from the side that gave it the appearance of a violin, with a central metal boss. According to Herodotus, it was carried by an elite infantry unit known as the Persian Immortals. Size of each (they are identical): 7.95" W (20.2 cm)
Provenance: private East Coast, USA collection
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