Shield with a head of a Dioskouros

Greek
Hellenistic Period
310–240 B.C.


Findspot: Greece, Euboia, Eretria, Tomb of the Erotes

Dimensions

Diameter: 8.8 cm (3 7/16 in.)

Accession Number

97.330

Medium or Technique

Terracotta, gilded and painted

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Sculpture

Round shield. Head of a youth wearing a flat traveller’s hat (petasos), between two stars, only faint impressions of which still remain. The youth is probably one of the Dioskouroi (Kastor and Pollux). Faint traces of red on field and gold on hair and rim. Hat white. Three sections of rim missing; two large holes in field.
Objects in the MFA from the Tomb of the Erotes include 97.290-97.345, 98.790-98.794, 98.798, 98.893, 99.438, and 21.1213.

Provenance

By 1897: with Edward Perry Warren (according to Warren's records: [one of] 28 round shields and oblong shields sent with the Erotes as from the same grave [at Eretria]); 1897: purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren for $ 25,000.00 (this figure is the total price for MFA 97.285-97.442 and 97.1104)

Credit Line

Catharine Page Perkins Fund