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 cm ( 3 9/16 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. Field bright red, scales blue; hair, wings, and rim gold. Upper part of rim missing.
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