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A: Athena holds up the head of Medusa, which is reflected in her shield (quite correctly, upside down). Her left hand rests on the vertical shaft of her long spear, the bronze butt of which is at bottom, the point out of sight at top. The goddess wears a belted chiton embroidered with palmettes,...

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1969: published by A. Cambitoglou and A. D. Trendall, American Journal of Archaeology 73 (1969), p. 426, no. 3 bis, as: Swiss Market; by 1969: Robert E. Hecht, Jr. Collection; gift to MFA from Robert E. Hecht, Jr., March 11, 1970

Credit Line

Gift of Robert E. Hecht, Jr.

Greek, South Italian, Classical Period, about 400–385 B.C.

Place of Manufacture

Apulia, Italy

Catalogue Raisonné

Vase-Painting in Italy (MFA), no. 010.


Height: 30.5 cm (12 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Ceramic, Red Figure


The Ancient World