Deaccessioned September 24, 2015

Fragment of a copy of the shield of the Athena Parthenos

Roman Period

Catalogue Raisonné

Sculpture in Stone (MFA), no. 295; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 113 (additional published references).


12 x 12.5 cm (4 3/4 x 4 15/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Island marble


The Ancient World



The upper, right, curved edge of the shield is visible at the right. The other edges have been cut or broken irregularly. The surface has been damaged.

A warrior, cloak and shield on his left arm, is falling to his right. This fragment must have come from a replica of the Parthenos which stood approximately ten feet high, to judge from the size of the shield. The shield of the statue in the Patras Museum gives the position of this Greek, in the upper right or at one o’clock on the curve. On the Patras shield the warrior’s drapery falls across his left thigh, while in the fragment it clearly goes behind the distended leg. A scrape of the claw chisel across the background may be intended for the (missing) end of drapery.


1876, gift of Charles Callahan Perkins (b. 1823 - d. 1886), Boston, to the MFA. (Accession Date: January 1, 1876)

Credit Line

Gift of Charles C. Perkins