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Scutum

Painted Plywood Shield (scutum) Mid 3rd Century A.D.; Yale University Art Gallery; 105.5 x 41 x 30 cm (41 9/16 x 16 1/8 x 11 13/16 in.) Accession Number: 5959

Credit Line: Yale-French Excavations at Dura-Europos Rights: Yale University Art Gallery
Definition: Scutum was a large oblong shield held on the left arm with a handle. It was used by the Roman infantry. The scutum was either wooden or made of wicker. The scutum might be curved to fit around the body. It was about 4 feet long by two and a half feet wide.

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