Known also as the 'Macedonian sunburst', this 16-rayed star was the symbol of Philip of Macedon and Alexander the Great and of the ancient Macedonian Empire. It appeared on coins, vases, in jewellery and mosaics in all the different regions of the Greek world. Four rays represent the four elements (earth, water, fire, air) and the other twelve represent the 12 gods of Olympus.
The central star is surrounded by the meandros (or greek key) motif, which symbolised infinity and unity, also thought to represent the labyrinth or maze and the eternal quest for truth.
The ancient Greek shield - the aspis or hoplon - would originally have been made from wood covered in bronze. Measuring approximately 1m in diameter it would not only have protected the bearer, but formed part of the phalanx, the formidable military formation. This is a much reduced version.
As with all our bronze items, this shield is cast for us, in Greece, using the traditional 'lost wax' method. As they are not mass-produced, there will inevitably be slight variations in patination and colouring. Each piece is, therefore, unique. Also, please allow for variations of a millimetre or two from the specified height. The base of the shield is made of marble.
bronze shield with rays of Alexander
- Code: BH-111
- Status: In Stock
- excl tax: £75.00