Shield with a head of Medusa

Greek
Hellenistic Period
310–240 B.C.


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

Dimensions

Diameter: 9.2 cm (3 5/8 in.)

Accession Number

97.324

Medium or Technique

Terracotta, gilded and painted

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Sculpture

Convex round shield with flat rim. An aegis with the winged head of Medusa on a bed of scales fills most of the field. . Faint traces of blue on scales and gold on rim. Lower right hand part of rim 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