Fragmentary Relief with the head of Medusa
about 550–500 B.C.
Greek, Etruscan, & Roman Bronzes (MFA), no. 660.
Height: 24.7 cm (9 3/4 in.); width: 18.3 cm (7 3/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Not On View
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.
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)
Henry Lillie Pierce Fund