A ROMAN BRONZE ROUNDEL DEPICTING THE HEAD OF MEDUSA

A ROMAN BRONZE ROUNDEL DEPICTING THE HEAD OF MEDUSA


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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Ancient World: Roman: Bronze: Pre AD 1000: Item # 1204409
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c. 2nd-3rd Century A.D.

The head of Medusa is placed in the raised center of the roundel and is extremely stylized. It depicts the gorgon with curly hair and wings which protrude from the top of her head. Two snakes are tied below her chin. Made of cast bronze this piece is an excellent representation of the aegis of the goddess Minerva (Athena in Greek) in miniature. It may have originally been mounted in chariot fitting or in a similar context.

In excellent and original condition

2.08 inches (5.3 cm) diameter

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Although originally depicted as a hideous beast over time Medusa came to be depicted with more human female aspects with her more grotesque elements reduced to mere attributes as depicted in this example.