Chestpiece (pectoral)

Italic, Etruscan
Late Classical or Early Hellenistic Period
about 400–300 B.C.

Catalogue Raisonné

Greek, Etruscan, & Roman Bronzes (MFA), no. 585; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 126 (additional published references).


Height x width: 32 x 24.5 cm (12 5/8 x 9 5/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World



There are two ideal heads (Helios and Selene?) in medallions above and a head of Herakles, clad in his lion’s skin, below. The hooks for fastening to shoulder-straps survive above and, at the right, there is the base of the hook for fixing under the left arm. Broken and repaired; sections missing. Crusty green patina.


By 1962: Robert E. Hecht, Jr. Collection (said to come from Vulci); gift of Robert E. Hecht, Jr. to MFA, May 13, 1964

Credit Line

Gift in memory of George H. Chase