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Silver-Gilt Phalera with the Head of a Horse - OF.139
Origin: Mediterranean
Circa: 300 BC to 100 BC
Dimensions: 5" (12.7cm) wide
Collection: Classical Antiquities
Medium: Gilded Silver

Location: UAE
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This ‘phalera’ – a decorative plate worn on the cuirass of a soldier – is decorated with a central roundel containing a low relief image of a horse head. The horse is open- mouthed and wide-eyed, this possibly being a depiction of it in battle. His head takes up the whole central space of the plate, and when light runs across the surface it really comes to life. Around the circumference of the phalera are the remains of the heads of the bolts that would have attached it to the armour. - (OF.139)


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