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Title: A Shield-Bearer from Sialk
Subtitle: Rectangular Shields in the Ancient Near East
Author(s): MEDVEDSKAYA, Inna N.
Journal: Iranica Antiqua
Volume: 50    Date: 2015   
Pages: 159-170
DOI: 10.2143/IA.50.0.3053518

Abstract :
The focus of this article are rectangular shields depicted on ancient Near Eastern reliefs and painted objects from the second millennium and the beginning of the first millennium B.C. The article considers the rectangular woven shields indicated by the brickwork pattern on the reliefs or by the chessboard on paintings. In the beginning of the first millennium B.C., as to judge from Assyrian reliefs, the rectangular woven shields were used only in the countries of Ancient Iran. Comparison of these shields depicted on the reliefs of Sargon II, on painted Greek Geometric pottery and on the vessel from Sialk B (Iran) confirms the dating of the painted pottery from Sialk B cemetery to the 2nd half of the 8th century B.C., as was offered by the author earlier.

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