Object Title

Right greave

Right greave



Object Number



Acquired from the collection of Dr. Richard Williams, 1974. From the arsenal of Hagia Irene, Istanbul.

Physical Description

The exterior side of the main plate has holes punched down its entire length and has a side plate attached by mail rings. The inner side has a similar but shorter plate (again attached by mail rings). This plate does not run the entire length of the guard so as to allow flexing of the leg (the top part of the main guard does not have punched holes, accordingly). The lower part of the defence flares out to provide protection for the back of the hand. with attached rows of mail that run around the ankle guard and up around the edges of the interior plate. The mail which attaches the side plates is of 10mm and 7mm rings. The larger rings have a snaking, wave pattern embossed/engraved on their surface. Both side plates have 2 holes punched through them, possibly to attach the guard to the leg by leather straps. Inside the main plate a line runs down the centre where the guard curves around the leg.



Dimensions: main plate 415mm X 118mm (widest part), outer side plate 329mm X 44mm, inner side plate 270mm X 42mm Weight: 520g

Inscriptions and Marks

Haghia Irene Arsenal mark on upper left part of the main guard.


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