Inv. n°: MMoCA433

Greek Bronze 'Bell' Cuirass from the Archaic Period

Early form of bronze muscle armour, the anatomic features indicated in highly stylised relief. Deep nick and arm cutouts, flaring waistline, and traces of the fromer lining along the perimeter, holes at the shoulder for attachment to the backplate.

h. 38 cm

6th century BC



  • Ex collection of Axel Guttmann (R 263), Berlin, acquired in Krefeld
  • Acquired by Royal-Athena Galleries at Hermann Historica Sale, Munich, 11th April 2008, lot 328
  • Acquired at Royal-Athena Galleries, New York, 12th October 2009, HMHQ51


  • Hermann Historica, Auction 54, Munich, 11th April 2008, lot 328
  • J. M. Eisenberg, Art of the Ancient World, Royal-Athena Galleries, 2009, vol. XX, p. 42, fig. 78
  • M. Burns, "Graeco-Italic Militaria" in M. Merrony (ed.), Mougins Museum of Classical Art, France, 2011, p. 190, fig. 21
  • V. Torres- Hugon, "Hoplite, le premier guerrier de l'histoire", Antiquité, le magazine de l'Antiquité Européenne. Hors-série, Éditions Heimdal, Autumn 2017, no. 1, p. 23
  • V. Torres- Hugon, Hoplite, le premier guerrier de l'histoire, Éditions Heimdal, 2018, p. 23


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

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