Shield with a head of a dog

Greek
Hellenistic Period
310–240 B.C.


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

Dimensions

Length: 8 cm (3 1/8 in.)

Accession Number

97.341

Medium or Technique

Terracotta, gilded and painted

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Sculpture

Gallic-type shield of pointed oval form. The shield has a molded rim, and a central rib overlaid at the middle by the head of a dog (probably a Molossian hound). Field red, rim gold. Lower point of shield missing.
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