Medallion with the head of Medusa

Hellenistic Period
2nd century B.C.


Diameter: 2.2 cm (7/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Gold; enamel

On View

Anne and Blake Ireland Gallery (Gallery 210A)


Jewelry, The Ancient World



Round medallion with the head of Medusa, full front, in repoussé. The eyes were inserted; one is lost, the other appears to be of dark blue paste. A pair of snake’s heads appear on top of her head, and their tails are tied below her chin. The roundel is edged with beaded wire. On the back are three rings.


By 1898: with Edward Perry Warren (one of a group of objects according to Warren's records: bought from a Corinthian in Greece. All [98.740, 98.785, 98.796-98.797] from one tomb at Xylocastro. 1898); 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