Disc, for armor

Italic, Etruscan
Orientalizing Period
700–675 B.C.

Catalogue Raisonné

Greek, Etruscan, & Roman Bronzes (MFA), no. 691; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 127 (additional published references).


Diameter: 23.5 cm (9 1/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World



This disc was designed to be sewed on a shield, breastplate, or cuirass. The perforated and incised decoration is grouped in two concentric bands. In the center, there is a boss with a small, perforated and riveted disc. Three bosses on one side of the rim are secured by rings, and the two on the other side are riveted. Green patina.


By date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren (according to Warren's records: Bought in Rome); purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren, December 1901

Credit Line

Museum purchase with funds donated by contribution