Shield with a head of a Dioskouros
late 4th–first half of 3rd century B.C.
Findspot: Greece, Euboia, Eretria, Tomb of the Erotes
Diameter: 8.8 cm (3 7/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Terracotta, gilded and painted
Not On View
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.
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)
Catharine Page Perkins Fund