Shield with a head of a Dioskouros

Greek
Hellenistic Period
late 4th–first half of 3rd century B.C.


Findspot: Greece, Euboia, Eretria, Tomb of the Erotes

Dimensions

Diameter: 8.8 cm (3 7/16 in.)

Accession Number

97.329

Medium or Technique

Terracotta, gilded and painted

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Sculpture

Round shield. Head of a youth wearing a flat traveller’s hat (petasos), between two stars. The youth is probably one of the Dioskouroi (Kastor and Pollux). Field blue, drapery red, hair, stars, and rim gold. Hat white. Rim slightly chipped, stars almost obliterated.
Objects in the MFA from the Tomb of the Erotes include 97.290-97.345, 98.790-98.794, 98.798, 98.893, 99.438, and 21.1213.

Provenance

By 1897: with Edward Perry Warren (according to Warren's records: [one of] 28 round shields and oblong shields sent with the Erotes as from the same grave [at Eretria]); 1897: purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren for $ 25,000.00 (this figure is the total price for MFA 97.285-97.442 and 97.1104)

Credit Line

Catharine Page Perkins Fund