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Horse's breast strap with gorgoneion

Horse's breast strap with gorgoneion

The prosteridion, the name for the breastplate armour designed to protect the horse’s chest, consists of a large sheet of bronze in the shape of a half-moon with extremely elongated edges. The centre is decorated by a gorgoneion (Gorgon) in relief: the hair on the forehead forms a series of spiral curls at the edges of which are the ears. The upper eyelids of the slanting eyes have a series of engraved marks, while the eyeball and the iris are made of marble. From the lips, opened in a grin, emerges the ivory block of the tongue between four sharp tusks; from the ears to the chin, the face is framed by the wings. To the sides of the gorgoneion there are two symmetrically-arranged butting bulls, which are embossed with engraved details. Along the edges of the armour runs a series of small holes which were used to attach the leather lining to the breastplate armour.

Further information
Codici (Label is not translated)
  Ente_competente: Soprintendenza per i Beni Archeologici delle Province di Napoli e Caserta
  SGTI: gorgoneion
Localizzazione_geografico-amministrativa (Label is not translated)
  PVCS: Italia
  regione: CAMPANIA
  provincia: Napoli
  comune: Napoli
  LDCT: palazzo
  Name: Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Napoli
  Indirizzo: Piazza Museo, 19 - 80135
  LDCM: Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Napoli
  Location: Currently awaiting redisplay
Altre_localizzazioni_geografico_amministrative_reperimento (Label is not translated)
  PRVS: Italia
  regione: PUGLIA
  provincia: Bari
  comune: Ruvo di Puglia
  PRCU: Piazza Museo, 19 - 80135
  PRCM: Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Napoli
Altre_localizzazioni_geografico_amministrative_provenienza (Label is not translated)
  Provenance: Purchase of Ficco and Cervone collection
  PRVS2: Italia
  regione: CAMPANIA
  provincia: Napoli
  comune: Napoli
Altre_localizzazioni_geografico_amministrative (Label is not translated)
  TCL3: -------------------------
Dati_patrimoniali (Label is not translated)
  Inventory number: 5715
  INVD: 1863 post
Dati_tecnici (Label is not translated)
  MISU: cm.
  Height: 20
  Width: 58
  Length: 130
Dati_analitici (Label is not translated)
  Inscriptions - text:

Condizione_giuridica_e_vincoli (Label is not translated)
  CDGG: proprietà Stato
Fonti_e_documenti_di_riferimento (Label is not translated)

Ruesch 1909; I Greci in Occidente MANN 1996, n. 10.45, p. 124 e tav. a p. 243.