Warrior of Capestrano

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The Warrior of Capestrano

The Warrior of Capestrano is a tall limestone statue of a Picene warrior, dated to around the 6th century BC. The statue stands at around 2.09 m. It was discovered accidentally in 1934 by a labourer ploughing the field in the Italian town of Capestrano, along with a female statue in civilian attire, called Lady of Capestrano.[1]


The Warrior statue has traces of pink paint, and features a warrior wearing a hat with a huge brim, and a disk-type armor (kardiophylax) protecting his chest and back,[1] a wide belt, necklace, and armlets. Additionally, the warrior bears a short sword, knife, axe, and a defensive device known to the Greeks as mitra (a short apron covering the back).

A South Picene inscription incised on the pillar standing to the right of the warrior reads: "Makupri koram opsút aninis rakinevíi pomp[úne]í" ("Aninis had this statue made most excellently for Rakinewis, the Pomp[onian]").[citation needed]

Investigation subsequent to the statue's discovery revealed that the vineyard where the statue was found was situated above an Iron Age cemetery.[citation needed]


  1. ^ a b Joe Basile (1993). "The Capestrano Warrior and Related Monuments of the Seventh to Fifth Centuries B.C." Revue des archéologues et historiens d’art de Louvain. Academia.edu. Retrieved 30 August 2014. 

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