Silver-Gilt Phalera with the Head of a Horse

SKU OF.139
Circa

300 BC to 100 BC

Dimensions

5″ (12.7cm) wide

Medium

Silver

Origin

Mediterranean

Gallery Location

UAE


 

This ‘phalera’ – a decorative plate worn on the cuirass of a soldier – is decorated with a central roundel containing a low relief image of a horse head. The horse is open-mouthed and wide-eyed, this possibly being a depiction of it in battle. His head takes up the whole central space of the plate, and when light runs across the surface it really comes to life. Around the circumference of the phalera are the remains of the heads of the bolts that would have attached it to the armour.

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