Cuirass back

Greek, South Italian
Early Hellenistic Period
about late 4th century B.C.


Place of Manufacture: Italy, Campania, Lucania, or Apulia

Dimensions

Length: 50 cm (19 11/16 in.); width: 40.5 cm (15 15/16 in.); height: 13.8 cm (5 7/16 in.)

Accession Number

2003.815.3

Medium or Technique

Bronze

Not On View

Collections

Europe, The Ancient World

Classifications

Armor

An anatomical cuirass with two hinges on each side and a ring at the top of each shoulder strap. The type is typical of South Italian cavalry armor.

Provenance

By 1975: Cologne art market; 1975: purchased by Joost Kuizenga of Enschede, The Netherlands from the Cologne art market; March 20, 1993: sold by Kuizenga to the Liebert collection, Krefeld, Germany; 2001: said to have been acquired by or consigned to Axel Guttmann from the Liebert collection and returned three months later; by June 2001: consigned by Liebert to Sotheby's New York (auction 7676, June 12, 2001, lot 68); June 12, 2001: sold by Sotheby's to a private collector and repurchased not long thereafter by Sotheby's; by June 2002: with Sotheby's New York (auction June 13, 2002, lot 67); August, 2003: purchased from Sotheby's by Peter Aldrich; December 2003: fractional year-end gift of Widgie and Peter Aldrich to MFA

Credit Line

Partial gift of Widgie and Peter Aldrich