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Splint armour of iron and bronze
I. 236
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

The armour is unique in our collection and shows the close cultural connections between Cyprus and the Near East. Comparable armour splints have, for example, been found at Nimrud in northern Iraq and at Megiddo in Palestine.

History of the Object
The armour had been thrown in a pit close to the sanctuary at Idalion together with a number of pots and other objects.

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Type
Weaponry 
Materials
Iron and bronze. 
Measurements
Width c. 50.0 cm Height c. 36.0 cm  
Creator name
Unknown 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
Cyprus 
Geography
Cyprus 
Time period
BCE 6th century ~ BCE 6th century 
Creation date
BC; 6th century BC 
Function
Armour of iron and bronze mounted on a cork model. The iron splints are all scale-shaped with long straight sides, arranged in horizontal rows overlapping each other. The are very few bronze splints and they were probably used as borders. 
Acquisition
Excavated at the sanctuary at Idalion in central Cyprus by the Swedish Cyprus Expedition (1927-1931). Acquired by the Cyprus Collections, subsequently the Museum of Mediterranean and Near Eastern Antiquities, Stockholm in 1931 when the finds from Cyprus were brought to Sweden and the museum set up. 
Copyright
 
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Owner
The Museum of Mediterranean and Near Eastern Antiquities, Stockholm. 
Museum
Museum of Mediterranean and Near Eastern Antiquities 
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