Ancient Greek life size warrior Spartan shield.
The shield, aspis in Greek, was carried by Greek infantry (hoplites) of various periods and is often referred to as a hoplon
A hoplon shield
was a deeply dished shield made of wood. Some shields had a thin sheet of bronze on the outer face, often just around the rim. In some periods, the convention was to decorate the aspis; in others, it was usually left plain. Probably the most famous aspis decoration is that of Sparta: a capital lambda
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