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Shield with a head of Medusa

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Gallic-type shield of pointed oval form. The shield has a molded rim, and a central rib overlaid at the middle by the winged head of Medusa, surrounded by a bed of scales. Field red; scales blue and white; gold on wings, hair, and rim. Objects in the MFA from the Tomb of the Erotes include...

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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

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

Accession Number

97.345

Medium or Technique

Terracotta, gilded and painted

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Sculpture