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Shield of King Pharnakes

Greek, made in Pontis (Turkey), ~ 189 B.C.

Bronze

 

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.

 

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Taken on October 19, 2008