Medallic plaque

Hellenistic Period
3rd century B.C.


Diameter 0.072 m.

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World



Head of Athena, facing , in high relief; Attic helmet with three crests; hair over shoulders; necklace, chiton. Round plaque sunk within deep vertical rim with wide flat edge. On edge, wave pattern. Many traces of gilding.
Part of a group of at least seven bridle ornaments thought to be found at Tarentum in the 1940s. The other pieces are in the MFA (60.1152, 60.1153, 60.1154), Princeton University Art Museum, and a private collection in Switzerland. The other roundels (phalerae) have busts, and like this object they decorated the horse’s bridle at the juncture of the headstall with the browband and noseband.


Said to have been found at Tarentum before World War II; by 1959: with Piero Tozzi, 137 East 37th Street, New York, N.Y.; purchased by MFA from Piero Tozzi, May 14, 1959, for $ 2,000.00

Credit Line

Theodora Wilbour Fund in memory of Zoë Wilbour