Roman Terracotta Antefix with Medusa, 1st Century AD
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All Items: Antiques: Regional Art: Ancient World: Roman: Sculpture: Pre AD 1000: item # 1163424
Ostracon Ancient Art
Bernhard I. Müller, PhD
Gallery by appointment
Roman terracotta antefix in the form of an upright palmette emerging from the head of Medusa. The palmette with a straight central and curled sideward petals. The round face of the gorgoneion with wide almond-shaped eyes, scalloped hair and a faint grimacing smile. The frontal head is flanked by scrolling.
For the type cf. pls. 66-68 in: Patrizio Pensabene, Maria Rita Sanzi di Mino. Le Terrecotte, Museo nazionale romano, 3.1. Antefisse. Rome 1983. (copies of the reference will join the item)
For a related item with Christies New York, cf. December 2005 sale, lot no. 301.
Roman, 1st century AD
H. 23 cm (9.1 in)
Head of Medusa slightly blurred as an effect of an often used mold. Left edge of the bottom chipped and tile at rear missing. The surface with calcareous soil deposits and dendrite-like black spots.
Swiss art market (data will be provided to the buyer)
The authenticity of the item is unconditionally guaranteed.