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On the back, within ivy-leaf wreath, bound by a palmette at the bottom, Perseus averts his gaze to the left as he cuts off Medusa's head. He holds a sack on his left arm. Green and reddish patina.


By date unknown: with N. Koutoulakis, 4 Rue L'Echelle, Paris, France; April 1960: purchased from N. Koutoulakis by Spink and Son, Ltd., 5, 6, & 7 King Street, St. James's, London S.W. 1; by September 1960; purchased from Spink and Son, Ltd. by Horace L. Mayer; loaned to MFA by Horace L. Mayer, October 14, 1960 (as 109.60); gift of Horace L. Mayer to MFA, December 1961

Credit Line

Gift of Horace L. Mayer

Italic, Etruscan, Late Classical or Early Hellenistic Period, about 4th century B.C.

Catalogue Raisonné

Greek, Etruscan, & Roman Bronzes (MFA), no. 388; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 123 (additional published references). E. Mangani, in Caelatores: Incisori di Specchi e Ciste tra Lazio ed Etruria (2002), pp. 27. 29, fig. 17.


Height: 17.8 cm (7 in.)

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


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