Object: Shield

Decorated shield
Bronze and silver
Quadriporticus of the Theatres, Pompeii

A hoplomachus fought with a lance, a long dagger and a small shield like this one. Encircled by laurel wreaths for victory, the medallion in the centre bears the head of the legendary Gorgon, Medusa, whose look is said to have turned men into stone.

MANN No: 5669
Where was this found?
Relation to Daily Life in Pompeii


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