Shield with a head of Medusa
late 4th–first half of 3rd century B.C.
Findspot: Greece, Euboia, Eretria, Tomb of the Erotes
Length: 9.5 cm (3 3/4 in.)
Medium or Technique
Terracotta, gilded and painted
Not On View
Gallic-type shield of pointed oval form. The shield has a molded rim, and a central rib overlaid at the middle by the winged head of Medusa, surrounded by a bed of scales. Field gray and encrusted with clay; scales blue; traces of gold on shaft, hair, and 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