Roman Terracotta Antefix with Medusa
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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Ancient World: Roman: Pottery: Pre AD 1000: item # 1235612
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Artemis Gallery Ancient World Art
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Lafayette, CO 80026
|Rome, ca. 1st century CE. Picture a Roman temple decorated with hundreds of such antefices, each peering from the edge of the building, greeting passersby with the "friendly" smile of Medusa - protectress of any forthcoming evil. This lovely terracotta antefix would have been one such temple adornment. Molded 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. Meauring 9.1"H, not including custom stand. 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. Provenance: Schuler Auktionen Zurich (Switzerland), September 2012 sale.|