Shield (scutum)

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Shield (scutum)

The image shows a replica shield (scutum). This was an important part of Roman military equipment providing protection for the soldier's legs and body. It was constructed from layers of wood, to provide a curved board, and covered in leather. The designs on the front of the shield were important for identifying the different units within a battle and also for intimidating the enemy.

Acknowledgments: RAM Museum

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