Standard Bearer's Parma
Product Name: Standard Bearer's Parma, Dia 24"
- Twenty-four inches in diameter
- Brass central shield boss
- Center grip
The parma is a smaller shield designed to be carried more easily by the standard bearer.
In the early Republican period, the parma was the type of shield that would have been used by the lowest ranks of soldiers. At that time, parma simply meant shield, and could come in a variety of sizes and shapes.
In later times, the form shown here evolved as a practical defense for the soldier who carried the standard, when carrying the more common scutum would have been awkward. Each legion carried a single standard, which was of extreme importance. Thus, the ability of the aquilifer, the standard bearer, to defend himself was of paramount importance.
The Deepeeka standard bearer's parma is drawn from both illustrations in statuary and literature.