This shield and helmet, dating from the 7th century BC are important examples for our understanding of warfare and armor in Ancient Greece. Over time, both items have developed a distinctly greenish patina due to oxidation.

The shield is a slightly convex bronze disk measuring roughly 80-90cm in diameter. At its center, it features a concave protrusion or 'umbo', designed to deflect enemy blows. On the underside, a leather-bound handle is affixed with rivets, suggesting it was held in a grip-and-arm strap manner. The shield exhibits multiple dents and scratches, thus authenticating its usage in battles.

The Corinthian-style bronze helmet is notable for its practical design. A T-shaped opening for the eyes and mouth offers full-face protection, while strategic slits provide ventilation. The helmet's crest suggests that it may have supported decorative horsehair plumes, indicative of the wearer's valor.

The helmet also features aesthetic elements common to this period, including linear and circular engraving around the edges. This, in addition to its structural design, speaks to the technical expertise and artistic sensibilities of the era's metalworkers.

Archaeological Museum of Olympia