Condition: New, Made in Greece. Material: Pure Bronze Height: 48 cm - 18,9 inches Width: 16 cm - 6,3 inches Length: 15 cm - 5,9 inches Weight: 5700 g
Philip II was King of Macedon and the father of Alexander the Great. At his death (336 BC) the king was buried with a royal ceremonial under the Great Tumulus in Vergina. It is fortunate that this truly monumental tomb was never plundered and was unearthed in 1977 by the renowned Greek archaelogist Manolis Andronikos, making it a worldwide sensation. Among the grave findings of the Tomb II was an impressive suit of armour, which, given the unique body form of the wearer described in ancient texts, most probably belonged to Phillip personal atire. At present the fully restored armour is displayed at the underground Archaelogical Museum at Aigai which has been designed and constructed so as to preserve the authenticity of the royal tombs of that era. It is in fact a modern tumulus-shaped shelter built to cover the original cluster of royal tombs. After the ceremonial cremation of the body, τhe suit of armour was placed inside the main chamberhe suit of armour was placed inside the main chamber of Tomb II, next to Phillip’s golden funeral box (larnaka) to accompany him in his journey to the after-life. The archaeologists managed to assemble the scattered elements of the suit and were able to fully restore it to its original condition. These armor, as with all our other bronze items, are cast in Greece, using the traditional 'lost wax' method. As they are not mass-produced, there will inevitably be slight variations in patination and colouring. Each piece is, therefore, unique. They range from 'battle-scarred' (rough surface with the occasional 'hole') to 'smooth'. Also, please allow for variations of a millimetre or two from the specified height.