Greek shields were decorated with scenes from mythology, which can be seen on this bronze piece. The top depicts the scene of Melanos, king of Sparta, reclaiming his wife, Helen, once the Trojan War is over. Athena is also watching them from the right. The bottom shows the centaur Nessos abducting Deianeira, the wife of the hero Herakles. The piece itself is part of the leather strap on the inside of the shield. It was customary to cover the leather in bronze.