Inv. n°: MMoCA415b

Samnite Triple-Disc Backplate

Identical breast and back plates for a "triple-disc armour", each consisting of three cambered discs each with small central boss, with additional bosses between the discs as well as the upper rim, which is folded over as reinforcement with a serrated edge. Lining holes at regular intervals along the perimeter. A riveted loop on the sides and at each shoulder for fastening the side and shoulder lacings.

h. 27.5 cm

4th century BC



  • Ex Axel Guttmann collection acquired from possibly at Galerie Putzh, Freiburg (Germany), acquired in 1987, AG 138/R 30
  • Acquired at Hermann Historica, Auction 58, Munich, 7th October 2009, lot 197


  • H. Born, Restaurierung antiker Bronzewaffen Sammlung Axel Guttmann, 1993, vol. 2, p. 11
  • Ancient Warfare, Karwansaray Publishers, The Netherlands, vol. VII, issue 3, p. 29
  • Hermann Historica, Auction 58, Munich, 7th October 2009, lot 197
  • M. Burns, "Graeco-Italic Militaria" in M. Merrony (ed.), Mougins Museum of Classical Art, France, 2011, p. 227, fig. 125


  • Musée d'Art Classique de Mougins (MACM), Mougins, France, from June 2011

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