Shield with a head of Helios

Hellenistic Period
310–240 B.C.

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


Diameter: 8.5 cm (3 3/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Terracotta, gilded and painted

Not On View


The Ancient World



Round shield. Head of Helios with rays. Traces of gold on the rim; other colors have disappeared. Right half of rim and small part of field 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.


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