Shield with the head of Medusa in a thunderbolt

Greek
Hellenistic Period
310–240 B.C.


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

Dimensions

Length: 9.3 cm (3 11/16 in.)

Accession Number

97.337

Medium or Technique

Terracotta, gilded and painted

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Sculpture

Gallic-type shield of pointed oval form with a molded rim. A thunderbold overlaid with the (wingless) head of Medusa fills the field. Field red; traces of gold on thunderbolt.
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