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Head of Medusa

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Papier mache (?) and plaster. Open mouthed head with coppery locks and snakes issuing from domed black medallion with molded and gilt rim (worn and broken showing plaster at top.)


Possibly from the artist to August Rubel, Zurich [see note 1]; by descent to his son Dr. Edward Rubel, Zurich; by 1954, by descent to his nephew Charles Adrian Rubel, Brookline, MA; 1978, bequest of Charles Adrian Rubel to the MFA. (Accession date: December 13, 1978) NOTES: [1] See excerpt of 1954 letter from Dr. Edward Rubel, which mentions meeting Böcklin in 1893 and the later delivery of the sculpture to the Rubel house, and 1955 letter from Charles Adrian Rubel, in which he states that the sculpture once belonged to his grandfather, both in curatorial file.

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Bequest of the Estate of Mr. C. Adrian Rübel

Swiss, about 1894

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Other (Overall): 61cm (24in.)

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Medium or Technique

Plaster and Papier mache (?), polychrome