Mycenaean shieldsWall paintings depicting figure-of-eight shields with a suspension strap at the middle. The motif on each
shield's surface shows that they represent originals made of cow's hide. The figure-of-eight shield
, a defensive weapon, becomes here the symbol of a war goddess. Although it is a common motif (models
of this type of shield exist in gold , ivory and semi-precious stones), this is a rare representation
in Mycenaean monumental painting. Athens National Archaeological Museum.