Shields of the Prince Warrior



Inventory Number: 20544 – 20551

The individuals who discovered the eight large, finely embossed bronze shields, hung upon the walls of the tomb, were very impressed by their grandeur. The shields appeared very fragile, even if they were at one point reinforced by wood or leather covering, although we have no evidence of this. Their fragility indicates that they were meant merely as indications of rank, traits of the prince-warrior, rather than true and typical weapons. The decoration consists of geometric motifs of ancient tradition, and in some cases, also includes friezes completed in the Orientalizing style with figures of animals. The intended restoration will be the first to be carried out with scientific methodologies since the discovery of the shields two centuries ago and many decades after some early restoration attempts. The shields are extremely fragile and fragmented with gaps on 20-90% of the surface. They are now mounted on supports made of acrylic material. The intervention will primarily focus on the cleaning of the surfaces, the prevention of further corrosion, the restoration and the strengthening 0f cracks, the application of resin integrations that will ece more cohesive, and color treatments. Simultaneously, researchers will create accurate graphical and photographical entation that will help to clarify details of the decoration and its technical details for further study and subsequent lication. The analyses will allow researchers to identify components of the constitutive alloy.

This information will give a wealth of information about the history of the hields, from their deposition in the tomb in the 7th century BC until their restorations in the 19th and 20th centuries. These pieces are expected to return on display in e Estruscan Museum.