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JSears29 May 2011 5:38 p.m. PST

I have a grab bag of Foundry (?) shields. I don't recognize two of them from any ancient or medieval culture and my Google searches haven't turned anything up.

Check them out here: picture

They appear to be hexagonal shields I've seen associated with Celts / Gauls / Germans, but they have a semi-circular cutout on the top and bottom.

aecurtis Fezian29 May 2011 6:20 p.m. PST

It's one of the Celtic variants:


Quite imaginative, I suppose.


Personal logo Herkybird Supporting Member of TMP30 May 2011 1:02 a.m. PST

A little file at top and bottom and they will work well for Germans and Germanic Equite alares methinks?

Swampster30 May 2011 1:43 a.m. PST

Scroll to the bottom of here
Seems the bindings were in situ which supports the shape as being the same as a whole load of small bronze 'votive' shields. link

The abstract of an article about them is here

JSears30 May 2011 4:50 a.m. PST

Wow! Thanks! Very interesting. I'll set the aside for my eventual ancient Britons :)

aecurtis Fezian30 May 2011 5:10 a.m. PST

Some skepticism here:


And if you start basing things, as that Battle Shields fellow does, on the Portonaccio Sarcophagus--oh, my.


TKindred Supporting Member of TMP30 May 2011 6:31 a.m. PST


Thanks for that link. Very interesting reading.

Swampster02 Jun 2011 1:14 a.m. PST

ŁAnd if you start basing things, as that Battle Shields fellow does, on the Portonaccio Sarcophagus--oh, my."

He's wary of it:
". Unfortunately, the real accuracy of the shields doesn't look good as there are romanticizations of this scene… …Nonetheless, you may have to take this carving with a pinch of salt but it is still quite valuable."

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