11 December 2003
A PAIR OF GREEK BRONZE ANKLE GUARDS
Archaic Period, Circa 6th Century B.C.
Each of hammered sheet, contoured to the length of the back of the 'Achilles' tendon, and bulging around the ankle bones, tapering at the front to smooth round edges, perforated twice on either edge, originally laced
5 5/8 in. (14.3 cm.) high (2)
Liebert Collection, Germany, 1950s.
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