Olympian shield with Olive wreath

Olympian shield with Olive wreath

Ancient Greek votive Olympian shield dedicated to Zeus at the ancient Olympic Games

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.

The shield comes with a marble stand and it is not a full sized shield.


14 cm (5.5 in.)

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