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A Greek Bronze Zoster (Warriors Belt), Geometric Period, ca. 8th century BCE
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A Greek Bronze Zoster (Warriors Belt), Geometric Period, ca. 8th century BCE, ca. 6th Century BC:
Medium: Bronze
In the Iliad, Menelaus, Agamemnon, and Nestor are distinguished from the other Greeks at Troy by their special "sparkling" warrior belts (zosteres). These three kings contribute the most men and ships to the war effort and constitute a hereditary elite. Their war belts are emblems of fighting prowess, visually justifying their ruler status, even though high birth, seniority, wealth, and personal connections are the actual reasons for their exalted positions in society. Consisting of seventy-eight elements, this bronze zoster was most likely worn by a Greek chief or king during the Geometric period, singling him out as flt to rule owing to his purported value as a warrior and leader on the battlefield. Arranged symmetrically with mathematical precision, each rectangular element, with alternating raised circular bosses, was originally attached to a leather backing, the central triangular clasp completing the ensemble, thus allowing the belt to be worn.For a related example: Bennett, M. J. (2020). From chaos to order: Greek geometric art from the Sol Rabin collection. Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg, p. 35, cat 2.

Dimensions: Length: 94 cm (37 inches), Width: 6 cm (2.36 cm)
Reference No: 218

PROVENANCE: previously forming part of the private collection of G.K., Shaftlarn, Germany, acquired in the 1990s.

OUR GUARANTEE: We hereby certify the above item to be authentic and due diligence conducted to ensure stated provenance. We strictly adhere to the code of Conduct established by the Association of Dealers & Collectors of Ancient & Ethnographic Art and have established, to the best of our ability, the object(s) have not been illegally obtained from the country of origin, excavation, architectural monument, public institution or private property. A Certificate of Authenticity is provided with every object.
Condition
All elements of the belt have been restrung on nylon thread, they are intact and in fine, original condition. Presented on a museum quality custom mount.
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A Greek Bronze Zoster (Warriors Belt), Geometric Period, ca. 8th century BCE

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0098: A Greek Bronze Zoster (Warriors Belt), Geometric Period, ca. 8th century BCE

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Est. $10,000 - $15,000Starting Price $5,000
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A Greek Bronze Zoster (Warriors Belt), Geometric Period, ca. 8th century BCE, ca. 6th Century BC:
Medium: Bronze
In the Iliad, Menelaus, Agamemnon, and Nestor are distinguished from the other Greeks at Troy by their special "sparkling" warrior belts (zosteres). These three kings contribute the most men and ships to the war effort and constitute a hereditary elite. Their war belts are emblems of fighting prowess, visually justifying their ruler status, even though high birth, seniority, wealth, and personal connections are the actual reasons for their exalted positions in society. Consisting of seventy-eight elements, this bronze zoster was most likely worn by a Greek chief or king during the Geometric period, singling him out as flt to rule owing to his purported value as a warrior and leader on the battlefield. Arranged symmetrically with mathematical precision, each rectangular element, with alternating raised circular bosses, was originally attached to a leather backing, the central triangular clasp completing the ensemble, thus allowing the belt to be worn.For a related example: Bennett, M. J. (2020). From chaos to order: Greek geometric art from the Sol Rabin collection. Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg, p. 35, cat 2.

Dimensions: Length: 94 cm (37 inches), Width: 6 cm (2.36 cm)
Reference No: 218

PROVENANCE: previously forming part of the private collection of G.K., Shaftlarn, Germany, acquired in the 1990s.

OUR GUARANTEE: We hereby certify the above item to be authentic and due diligence conducted to ensure stated provenance. We strictly adhere to the code of Conduct established by the Association of Dealers & Collectors of Ancient & Ethnographic Art and have established, to the best of our ability, the object(s) have not been illegally obtained from the country of origin, excavation, architectural monument, public institution or private property. A Certificate of Authenticity is provided with every object.
Condition
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All elements of the belt have been restrung on nylon thread, they are intact and in fine, original condition. Presented on a museum quality custom mount.

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