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Shield with a head of a Dioskouros

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Round shield. Head of a youth wearing a flat traveller's hat (petasos), between two stars, only faint impressions of which still remain. The youth is probably one of the Dioskouroi (Kastor and Pollux). Faint traces of red on field and gold on hair and rim. Hat white. Three sections of rim...

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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

Greek, Hellenistic Period, 310–240 B.C.

Findspot

Eretria, Euboia, Greece

Dimensions

Diameter: 8.8 cm (3 7/16 in.)

Accession Number

97.330

Medium or Technique

Terracotta, gilded and painted

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Sculpture