Medallion with the head of Medusa

Greek
Hellenistic Period
2nd century B.C.


Dimensions

Diameter: 2.2 cm (7/8 in.)

Accession Number

98.785

Medium or Technique

Gold; enamel

On View

Anne and Blake Ireland Gallery (Gallery 210A)

Collections

Jewelry, The Ancient World

Classifications

Jewelry / Adornment, Brooches

Round medallion with the head of Medusa, full front, in repoussé. The eyes were inserted; one is lost, the other appears to be of dark blue paste. A pair of snake’s heads appear on top of her head, and their tails are tied below her chin. The roundel is edged with beaded wire. On the back are three rings.

Provenance

By 1898: with Edward Perry Warren (one of a group of objects according to Warren's records: bought from a Corinthian in Greece. All [98.740, 98.785, 98.796-98.797] from one tomb at Xylocastro. 1898); 1898: purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren for $ 69,618.13 (this figure is the total price for MFA 98.641-98.940)

Credit Line

Henry Lillie Pierce Fund