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: 9.5 cm (3 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. Traces of blue on field, gold on rim, thunderbolt and hair.
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