Italic, Etruscan
Late Classical or Early Hellenistic Period
about 4th century B.C.

Catalogue Raisonné

Greek, Etruscan, & Roman Bronzes (MFA), no. 388; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 123 (additional published references). E. Mangani, in Caelatores: Incisori di Specchi e Ciste tra Lazio ed Etruria (2002), pp. 27. 29, fig. 17.


Height: 17.8 cm (7 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World


Cosmetic and medical

On the back, within ivy-leaf wreath, bound by a palmette at the bottom, Perseus averts his gaze to the left as he cuts off Medusa’s head. He holds a sack on his left arm. Green and reddish patina.


By date unknown: with N. Koutoulakis, 4 Rue L'Echelle, Paris, France; April 1960: purchased from N. Koutoulakis by Spink and Son, Ltd., 5, 6, & 7 King Street, St. James's, London S.W. 1; by September 1960; purchased from Spink and Son, Ltd. by Horace L. Mayer; loaned to MFA by Horace L. Mayer, October 14, 1960 (as 109.60); gift of Horace L. Mayer to MFA, December 1961

Credit Line

Gift of Horace L. Mayer