Category: armor

Greek bronze Chalcidean type helmet, 5th-4th c…

Greek bronze Chalcidean type helmet, 5th-4th century BC.

from Hixenbaugh Ancient Art

Armor from a Nabeshima Clan Samurai, mid 18th …

Armor from a Nabeshima Clan Samurai, mid 18th century.

Armor for a boy about seven, Northern Italy, l…

Armor for a boy about seven, Northern Italy, late 16th century.

from The Philadelphia Museum of Art

The Dendra Panoply,

The Dendra Panoply,

Discovered by Swedish archaeologists in 1960 near Dendra in the Argolis region of Greece, the Dendra Panoply is an impressive full body set of bronze armor uncovered from a Mycenaean Era tomb. Dating to around 1500 BC, the panoply consists of 15 bronze plates held together with leather straps, a set of greaves, a set of arm guards, and a helmet mounted with boar tusks. 

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The armor certainly would not have been used by the average rank and file grunt, but most likely would have belong to a very wealthy noble or elite warrior. The most commonly accepted theory is that this type of armor would have only been used by charioteers who were not required to conduct combat on foot. However, although the armor looks heavy and bulky, it only weighs 15kg (33lbs), and modern high quality replicas have demonstrated that the armor is mobile and dexterous enough for foot combat. Thus some contend that the armor could have been used by heavy infantry as well. One could imagine an elite corps of heavily armored Greek soldiers bashing through enemy lines like tanks. Based on the skeletal remains found in the tomb, it is estimated that the warrior who owned the armor was 1.75m (5′8′’) tall and weighed around 65kg (140lbs). So he certainly wasn’t an exceptionally large man, even by ancient standards.

Currently the Dendra Panoply is on display at the Archaeological Museum of Nafplio.

Set of stone armor uncovered from the Chinese …

Set of stone armor uncovered from the Chinese Terracotta Soldiers/Qin Shi Huang Di archaeological dig, 220BC.

Spanish cabasset, late 15th century.

Spanish cabasset, late 15th century.

from The Philadelphia Museum of Art

Italian parade comb morion, circa 1600.

Italian parade comb morion, circa 1600.

from Czerny’s Interantional Auction House

German cllose helm for use in tourney, circa 1…

German cllose helm for use in tourney, circa 1560.

from The Philadelphia Museum of Art

Greek Chalcidean type bronze helmet, 5th centu…

Greek Chalcidean type bronze helmet, 5th century BC

from The Walter’s Art Museum

Close helmet from Northern Italy, circa 1560.

Close helmet from Northern Italy, circa 1560.

from The Philadelphia Museum of Art