Shield with the head of Medusa in a thunderbolt

Greek
Hellenistic Period
late 4th–first half of 3rd century B.C.


Findspot: Greece, Euboia, Eretria, Tomb of the Erotes

Dimensions

Length: 9.5 cm (3 3/4 in.)

Accession Number

97.333

Medium or Technique

Terracotta, gilded and painted

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Sculpture

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.

Provenance

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)

Credit Line

Catharine Page Perkins Fund