Fragmentary Relief with the head of Medusa

Greek
Archaic Period
about 550–500 B.C.


Catalogue Raisonné

Greek, Etruscan, & Roman Bronzes (MFA), no. 660.

Dimensions

Height: 24.7 cm (9 3/4 in.); width: 18.3 cm (7 3/16 in.)

Accession Number

98.652

Medium or Technique

Bronze

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Sculpture

The hammered and incised relief shows a facing head of Medusa, of Archaic type. She has flattened ears, tight curls over the forehead, teeth, fangs, and at least five snakes visible in her hair. Upper left corner of a rectangular plate, broken on bottom and right. Rich green patina.

Provenance

By date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren (according to Warren's records: Bought in Greece. From Xylokastro [?Pellene or Sicyon]); 1898: purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren for $ 69,618.13 (this figure is the total price for MFA 98.641-98.940)

Credit Line

Henry Lillie Pierce Fund