Shield with a head of Medusa
late 4th–first half of 3rd century B.C.
Findspot: Greece, Euboia, Eretria, Tomb of the Erotes
Diameter: 9.2 cm (3 5/8 in.)
Medium or Technique
Terracotta, gilded and painted
Not On View
Convex round shield with flat rim. An aegis with the winged head of Medusa on a bed of scales fills most of the field. Faint traces of blue on scales, red on field, and gold on rim.
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