Roman Shield

Approx. Period: 200 AD
Length: 0.80m Width: 0.40m

The Roman Shield or Scutum carried by the infantry was rectangular with a curved surface to adapt it to the shape of the upper body. The shield was held on the left arm by means of a handle, and covered the left shoulder. Shields used in parade were intricately decorated but it is unlikely they would have featured in the Scottish campaign.

This Roman Scutum is linen covered and has a large brass boss for hand protection. The core is made of layered wood with protective thick leather outer, and each shield was individually hand painted. The design on the shield would represent the colours of the legion.