Disc, for armor

Italic, Etruscan
Orientalizing Period
Early 7th century B.C.

Catalogue Raisonné

Greek, Etruscan, & Roman Bronzes (MFA), no. 695; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 127 (additional published references).


Diameter: 12 cm (4 3/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World



This disc was designed to be sewed on a leather or cloth breastplate or fixed on a wooden shield. There is perforated and incised decoration in concentric bands. In the center, a small convex disc with a rivet holds in place a wheel-shaped ornament with serrated edge. There is a circular loop, from the wheel, on the inside center. Greenish black 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