Product Name:Infantry Scutum
- Elongated oval Shield
- 48" x 30"
- Linen Covered Wooden Core
- red face embellished with painted white crescents, green laurels, and yellow horns
- center boss
Elongated, 48" x 30", oval, Linen Covered Wooden Core, Shield with a distinctive red face embellished with painted white crescents, green laurels, yellow horns, and metal center boss.
The oval scutum is depicted on the Altar of Domitius Ahenobarbus in Rome, the Aemilius Paullus monument at Delphi, and there is an actual example found at Kasr el-Harit in Egypt. Gradually the scutum evolved into the rectangular (or sub-rectangular) type of the early Roman Empire.
By the end of the 3rd century the rectangular scutum seems to have disappeared. Fourth century archaeological finds (especially from the fortress of Dura-Europos) indicate the subsequent use of oval or round shields which were not semi-cylindrical, but were either dished (bowl-shaped) or flat. Roman artwork from the end of the 3rd century till the end of Antiquity show soldiers wielding oval or round shields.
example found at Kasr el-Harit in Egypt