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An Amazon with a cypriote/Phoenician shield
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I came across this vase fragment of Heracles fighting with Amazons. The shield in the center, held by the amazon, shows a combination of features of the argive aspis and the spike-bossed bucklers seen in the Levant and Cyprus. Has anyone seen its like on other vases?
Paul M. Bardunias
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Warrior statuetes from Cyprus have a shield that could be described as spiked.
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#3
This type of spiked boss nseems to have been Phoenician. See images below. As you can see in the images below and the one you posted, there is no off-set rim on the shield and the profile is not like that of an aspis. The reason this interests me is that if we here have a Greek artist adding an aspis-like offset rim and "shoulders" to a non-aspis shield, then I think we must examine many of the instances where we see offset rims on non-aspis shields, as on the boeotian, in the light of such artistic license.
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There were Cypriot-Phoinicians. So the artist is most likely depicting them.
I agree with you that the spiked shield is probably Phoinician.
I am inclined to agree with you on the offset rims but the left statuette I posted puzzles me on that matter.

Theare is also a late bronze age early iron age crecent-shaped shield from Cyprus. (like the ones in the Warrior base)
Òffset im and 3(!) spiked shield bosses survive.
Here reconstructed by Matthew Amt as a round shield: http://larp.com/hoplite/myc1.jpg

Probably the spike and the offset rim survived in the Middle East longer after it was abandoned in other places.

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