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

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


Length: 40.6 cm (16 in.); width: 14.5 cm (5 1/16 in.); height: 6 cm (2 3/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique


Not On View


Europe, The Ancient World



A greave with a strongly articulated representation of leg muscles. The greave has been squashed flat, and the knee is largely reconstructed.
Because of the associated cuirass, it probably comes from the tomb of a South Italian cavalryman.


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