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Daedalic Chest Protector

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late 7th century B.C.Aphrati/CretebronzeH 45,5 cm

This chest protector belongs to an important group of early Greek armour, found near the antique site of Arkades on Crete in 1964. They had been deposited in a vast clay vessel at a venue of cult or assembly. The delicate engravings centred around warriors, lions and snakes are typical of the so-called Daedalic period, an early period of Greek art in the 7th century B.C.. It is likely that the weapons of Arkades were used in war dance and not in warfare. Afterwards they were dedicated to a deity.