An exceptional North Italian etched blued and gilt full armour for the field, signed POMPE and attributed to the workshop of Pompeo della Cesa, circa 1585-1595. The entire armour etched with a series of bands filled with complex designs of trophies-of-war involving fantastic beasts, alternating with bands of interlaced strapwork terminating in foliage and punctuated by ovals framing Classical warriors, figures from Roman mythology,
Typical equipment of the Roman legionnaire. Only Roman citizens could sign up for the army. They had to be fit. They were not allowed to marry. Their armor gave them excellent protection. They carried a curved shield. They could punch the enemy with the metal boss in the center.