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Ruel A. Macaraeg





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PostPosted: Tue 06 Aug, 2013 7:05 pm    Post subject: Greek shield (diplyon?)         Reply with quote

Friends,
I just got this shield from Ebay for only US$2, said to be a re-built Museum Replicas item. While the shape resembles some of the 'diplyon' shields of Bronze Age and pre-Classical Greece, I can't quite place it. Can anyone help me to assign this shield shape to a precise time and place? Any help would be appreciated. Thanks, r


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Matthew Amt




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PostPosted: Tue 06 Aug, 2013 7:18 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Yah, looks like their old flat plywood thing with something laced over it. If the top and bottom were flatter, not so deeply convex, it would look much like a Hittite shield, late Bronze Age. Those were often illustrated with a pattern like a brick wall, though I suspect that may have indicated they were woven from something, not actually made of bricks! (Would be a tough shield, though, eh?)

Probably a good 2 bucks worth of leather thong, there. Just sayin'...

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Dan Howard




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PostPosted: Wed 07 Aug, 2013 1:04 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Yeah. I buy these things to dismantle for the leather to use in other projects. You have a lot more than $2 worth of leather there.
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