Kneepads are also the most common type of defensive weaponry in antiquity and one of the most representative monuments of Thracian toreutics.

Silver kneecap from Malomirovo-Zlatinitsa

Kneepads are also the most common type of defensive weaponry in antiquity and one of the most representative monuments of Thracian toreutics. Their function is to protect the lower part of the leg in war, from the knee to the foot. In addition, they are a sign of the social status of their owner.

In the grave from Malomirovo-Zlatinitsa, a silver knee-pad with gilding, intended for the left leg, was placed. At the place of the knee, a female face (deity) is represented with a luxurious hairstyle and ornaments - a necklace and a torkva. Below the female head, the kneeler is conditionally divided into two symmetrical parts, on which four different plots are presented, in which real and fantastic characters are present. Dating: first half of the 46,6th century). Height XNUMX cm.

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