Results 1 4
4 Previous Next

Left Greave
Additional Views Explore Object
Creative Commons License

Left Greave


Description Conservation Exhibitions Provenance Credit
Description 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).
Conservation
Date Description Narrative
9/09/2009Treatmentstabilized
Exhibitions
  • In Search of Ancient Treasure: 40 Years of Collecting. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1978.
  • 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.
Provenance Joseph Brummer Estate Sale, New York, 1949, pt. II, lot 183; Walters Art Museum, 1949, by purchase.
Credit Museum purchase, 1949

Download Image Add to Collection Creative Commons License

Creator
Period
6th century BC (Archaic)
Medium
bronze
(Metal)
Accession Number
54.2336
Measurements
H: 15 15/16 x W: 4 1/8 x D: 4 15/16 in. (40.5 x 10.5 x 12.5 cm)
Geographies

Tags


    Thumbnail: Left Greave Thumbnail: Left Greave
    Zoom Out Zoom In Back to Details  
    Full Size: Left Greave