Observations about the pelta as geometric motif

The pelta form used for repeat patterns is a purely geometric decoration (Fig. 1-2).

pelta 1 pelta 2

In spite of the term “pelta” and the apparent similarity to real Amazon shields, there is no clear link between the decoration and the weapon. Likewise, representations of pelta-shaped shields on Roman mosaics show no connection to the geometric pelta decoration.

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