Shield of King Pharnakes
Greek, made in Pontis (Turkey), ~ 189 B.C.
The star symbolizes the sun and kingship, and the inscription states that the shield was made for King Pharnakes I, who ruled Pontis from about 185 - 160 B.C. The serrated egde of the shield was once folded over to secure the thin metal to a stronger inner layer, probably made of wood or leather.
I love this shield.