Shield with the head of Medusa in a thunderbolt
late 4th–first half of 3rd century B.C.
Findspot: Greece, Euboia, Eretria, Tomb of the Erotes
Length: 7 cm (2 3/4 in.)
Medium or Technique
Terracotta, gilded and painted
Not On View
Gallic-type shield of pointed oval form with a molded rim. A thunderbold overlaid with the (wingless) head of Medusa fills the field. Field blue and red; thunderbolt, hair and rim gold. Upper end of shield 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