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Shield with a head of Helios

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Round shield. Head of Helios surrounded by rays. Field violet; rays, hair of Helios and rim glided. 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

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

Findspot

Eretria, Euboia, Greece

Dimensions

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

Accession Number

97.318

Medium or Technique

Terracotta, gilded and painted

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Sculpture