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shield

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1873,0210.1

  • Description

    Sheet-bronze shield, in perfect condition: only slightly doomed shield, beaten out from a single disc of bronze; pronounced conical boss with stepped edge, 100mm in Dm., 42mm high; twenty-seven concentric ribs alternating with rows of bosses, rib width 4mm, boss Dm. 4-4,5mm; rim turned to front; handle of tubular sheet-bronze riveted to back, 143mm long; two tabs riveted to back, only one remains, 29mm long; round and conical rivet heads; hammer-marks visible in boss and handle; Yetholm type.

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  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 12thC BC-10thC BC
  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Diameter: 640 millimetres
    • Depth: 70 millimetres
    • Weight: 1862 grammes
  • Curator's comments

    Blurton 1997
    This shield is a splendid example, representative of the rise of large sheet-bronze work in later Bronze Age Europe. Much effort was directed towards the production of ceremonial metal armour indicating the prevalence of the idea of man as a warrior.

  • Bibliography

    • Blurton 1997 164 bibliographic details
    • Uckelmann 2012 n.44 (in prep.) bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display

  • Exhibition history

    Exhibited: 2015 – 2016 4 Dec – 29 May, National Museum of Singapore, ‘Treasures of the World’s Cultures’
    2012-2013 Nov-Mar, Bonn, Kunst- und Ausstellungshalle, Treasures of the World's Cultures 2012 Mar-Jul, Abu Dhabi, Manarat Al Saadiyat, Treasures of the World’s Cultures 2009 11 Dec-2010 10 May, Madrid, Canal de Isabel II, Treasures of the World’s Cultures 2009 1 May-20 Sep, Victoria, Royal BC Museum, Treasures of the World's Cultures 2007 3 Feb-27 May, Taipei, National Palace Museum, Treasures of the World's Cultures 2006 18 Mar-4 Jun, Beijing, Capital Museum, Treasures of the World's Cultures 2005 27 Oct-2006 31 Jan, Haengso Museum, Keimyung University, Daegu, Treasures of the World's Cultures 2005 25 Jul-8 Oct, Busan Museum, Treasures of the World's Cultures 2005 11 Apr-10 Jul, Seoul Arts Centre, Treasures of the World's Cultures 2004 26 Jun-29 Aug, Niigata Bandaijima Art Museum, Treasures of the World's Cultures 2004 10 Apr-13 Jun, Fukuoka Art Museum, Treasures of the World's Cultures 2004 17 Jan-28 Mar, Kobe City Museum, Treasures of the World's Cultures 2003 18 Oct-14 Dec, Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum, Treasures of the World's Cultures 1998 9 Feb-3 May, India, Mumbai, Sir Caswasjee Jahangir Hall, The Enduring Image 1997 13 Oct-1998 5 Jan, India, New Delhi, National Museum, The Enduring Image 1996 31 Jan-4 Mar, Cardiff, National Museum of Wales, Art, Ritual and Death in Prehistoric Wales

  • Acquisition name

  • Department

    Britain, Europe and Prehistory

  • Registration number

    1873,0210.1

Sheet-bronze shield, in perfect condition: only slightly doomed shield, beaten out from a single disc of bronze; pronounced conical boss with stepped edge, 100mm in Dm., 42mm high; twenty-seven concentric ribs alternating with rows of bosses, rib width 4mm, boss Dm. 4-4,5mm; rim turned to front; handle of tubular sheet-bronze riveted to back, 143mm long; two tabs riveted to back, only one remains, 29mm long; round and conical rivet heads; hammer-marks visible in boss and handle.

Sheet-bronze shield, in perfect condition: only slightly doomed shield, beaten out from a single disc of bronze; pronounced conical boss with stepped edge, 100mm in Dm., 42mm high; twenty-seven concentric ribs alternating with rows of bosses, rib width 4mm, boss Dm. 4-4,5mm; rim turned to front; handle of tubular sheet-bronze riveted to back, 143mm long; two tabs riveted to back, only one remains, 29mm long; round and conical rivet heads; hammer-marks visible in boss and handle.

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